Sydney’s favourite race mare More Joyous make a one act affair in taking out her sixth Group 1 win in the Group 1 $400,000 Inglis Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill today.
More Joyous had the Group 1 weight for age race for fillies and mares in her keeping a long way from home and jockey Nash Rawiller barely had to move on her at any stage down the straight in scoring an effortless win against some top class opponents.
Winning trainer Gai Waterhouse will now head the five year old towards the Group 1 $2m Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 21 and after the ease of today’s win will be challenging for favouritism.
“She’s the best mare we have in New South Wales and she has certainly come back with a vengeance,” Waterhouse said.
“On to the Doncaster and she is very well weighted in it. The weights are compressed and she is thrown into the race.”
More Joyous resumed from a summer break after a lacklustre Spring to take out the Group 2 $175,000 Myer Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on March 24 and showed today that she was well and truly back to her best.
Rawiller positioned the More Than Ready mare just behind the leaders after jumping well and had her in the clear rounding the home turn when he let her stride to the front and hardly had to move on her to record her seventeenth win from twenty-four starts.
“Full credit to the mare. She makes my job easy. There was a little bit of pressure there developing early and when I dropped my hands and let King’s Rose go. It made her look more impressive in the end, she really attacked the line today,” Bowman said.
“She’s never got the front and been headed, she is just so tough.”
More Joyous, starting as the odds on favourite at $1.55, was eased down on the line to win by two and a half lengths from the outsider Miss Keepsake ($81) and $6 chance King’s Rose third.