Joyeuse victory for Juddmonte Farm

Frankel’s younger half-sister Joyeuse impressed with a debut victory at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Joyeuse (2f Oasis Dream – Kind by Danehill) won the British Racing EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes (1200m) by three lengths from Dancealot (Lawman) and Pieman’s Girl (Henrythenavigator).

She was ridden by jockey Tom Queally for trainer Henry Cecil and owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm – the same connections as her famed older half-brother.

“I was happy with the way she did it,” Queally told Racing Post. “ The ground was on the slow side and better ground will bring out more in her.  She was green in the preliminary but she was very professional in the race and went about her business nicely.  I’m sure better races lie ahead.”

A potential next target for Joyeuse could be the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.  “We were a bit apprehensive as the weight of expectation is so enormous,” Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said.  “The great thing is she settled pretty nicely.  She had a bit of a look but then went on to win the race quite comfortably.”

Kind has now produced four winners from five foals to race.  Frankel (Galileo) finished his career unbeaten in 14 starts and is serving his first book at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud alongside Joyeuse’s sire Oasis Dream.

The Danehill mare is also the dam of G3 winner Bullet Train (Sadler’s Wells) who will shuttle from Kentucky to Bowness Stud in NSW this year.  Her other G3 winner Noble Mission (Galileo) added a Listed victory to his record in the Tapster Stakes at Goodwood last Saturday.

Kind’s 3yo colt Morpheus (Oasis Dream) is her only non-winner but he’s knocking on the door after finishing second at Goodwood on May 9.  The mare foaled another Galileo colt in February.

Bookmakers have priced Joyeuse at 25-1 for the 2014 English 1000 Guineas.