Race favourite More Joyous will take her place in the Group 1 $2m BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick today after trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner John Singleton agreed to start the glamour mare.
Singleton had stated early in the week that he didn’t want to start More Joyous on a heavy track after Sydney was deluged with over 150 millimetres of rain, but Waterhouse was adamant that she would run.
Randwick was rated a heavy 9 when acceptances came out mid week but with the clearing weather has been ungraded to a heavy 8 to start the day and a further upgrade is possible if fine conditions prevail.
With the prospect of an improving surface and a very encouraging vet’s report, Singleton relented and agreed to start his multiple Group 1 winning mare.
“She will run and win,” Singleton said.
“My vet, John Peatfield, checked her over and said he has never seen her look so magnificent.
“Gai’s trained her specifically for the Doncaster and the slow track brings her right back into it.
“If it was heavy, we were not going to run her but she is going to start now. I can’t wait.”
The ever confident Waterhouse has said all week that she wanted More Joyous to run and she expects her to win as well.
“More Joyous should be running because she will win the race,” Waterhouse said.
“She is at the peak of her career and she is tossed in weights-wise. She is the horse to beat.”
Waterhouse will saddle up three runners in the Doncaster Mile and is confident of a top showing from all of them as she is looking for her seventh win in the race.
Three year old Niagara shot into Doncaster calculations with an impressive win two starts back in the Group 2 $175,000 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 31 while Fast Clip secured a start with a win in the Group 3 $125,000 BMW Doncaster Mile Prelude (1600m) at Randwick last Saturday.
“Niagara looks sensational, he is a serious horse,” Waterhouse said.