A lightweight and a wet track could be the ingredients for Tears Of Joy to claim a quick dividend for her new owners in the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on Saturday.
Tear Of Joy was purchased for $350,000 by Rosemount Stud at the recent 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale and Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds was given the job of preparing the mare to secure some black type beside name before heading to the breeding barn.
A win or a place in the Listed Ipswich Cup would greatly enhanced the value of any of her progeny in the future.
“The owners were keen to have a go at the black-type race with her. So I thought we might as well have a throw at the stumps in the Ipswich Cup when the field quality fell away a bit,” Edmonds told AAP.
“She has won at the distance and won in the wet and is down on the minimum.”
Tears Of Joy was previously prepared by Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh who able to get the mare to the winner’s stall on four occasions from thirty-one starts, but not at Listed level or better.
The Street Cry mare is coming off a last start eleventh in the Listed $125,000 Centaurea Stakes (2019m) at Morphettville on May 20 but will drop to the minimum of 54kg with James Orman taking the ride.
Orman will be able to give Tears Of Joy a nice run from barrier six in the fourteen horse Ipswich Cup field and the rain affected track shouldn’t be a problem with the mare having won twice on a soft track and has finished second on a heavy.
The track for the Ipswich Cup meeting was rated a heavy 8 on Friday afternoon.
Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have rated Tears For Joy as one of the outsiders for the Ipswich Cup at $26 in the market order that has the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Sort After as the $3.80 favourite.
The top weight Benzini is also well in contention at $4.40 just ahead of Toowoomba galloper Jumbo Prince at $5 and Self Sense at $9.