More Joyous added more records to her honour-roll with an emphatic all-the-way victory in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.
More Joyous (5m More Than Ready – Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) is the first horse to complete the Doncaster – Queen Elizabeth double in the same year. The Gai Waterhouse trained war-horse Grand Armee won the Doncaster in 2003 and the Queen Elizabeth in 2004 and 2005.
“It was just so special watching her win,” Waterhouse said. “There was a question mark about her running the distance, well not only did she run the distance she just annihilated them. The further she went the more she went away from them. Bring on the Cox Plate.”
Waterhouse prepares More Joyous for owner-breeder John Singleton and the mare has now won 19 of her 26 starts for over $4.25 million. The history-making double also sent her clear of Phelan Ready ($3.52 million) as More Than Ready’s top prizemoney earner.
Her April hat-trick of G1 triumphs started with the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill on April 7. During a momentous month for connections, Vinery announced her sire More Than Ready will stand for a $121,000 (inc gst) service fee in 2012.
The Vinery champion is homing in on another milestone having sired 96 stakes winners. His overall record now stands at 901 individual winners world-wide and they have arrived at a lofty strike-rate of 71%.
The Doncaster victory saw More Joyous join an illustrious band of mares who have taken out the race since it was first run in 1866. Earlier female winners have included Sunline (twice), Skating, Emancipation, Maybe Mahal, Analie, Citius, Sarcherie, Cuddle, Valicare and Wakeful.
More Joyous is inbred 3×3 to Halo (Hail to Reason) who is the paternal grandsire of More Than Ready and the maternal grandsire of her dam through his illustrious son Sunday Silence.