More Than Ready champion More Joyous etched her name in the record books as the first mare to win back-to-back editions of the G1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes on Saturday.
More Joyous (5m More Than Ready – Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) was just as dominant this time around notching a next to three length victory over Miss Keepsake (Keeper) and King’s Rose (Redoute’s Choice).
“She’s a wonderful, wonderful mare,” trainer Gai Waterhouse exclaimed. “She’s just too good for them. There’s not much else you can say.”
More Joyous will now head to the G1 Doncaster Hcp (1600m) and G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. She has been allotted 57.5kg in the $2 million Doncaster and Waterhouse claimed she will win it!
Bookmakers agree. They have firmed her into a $5 favourite for the Big Mile on April 21.
A homebred for John Singleton, More Joyous has won 17 of her 24 starts and over $2.76 million in prizemoney. She is by Vinery’s champion sire More Than Ready from G1 Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy. Her dam is a half-sister to G1 winner Tuesday Joy. Second dam Joie Denise won the G1 Queensland Oaks.
Sunday Joy’s four year-old Joy Toy (Encosta de Lago) won a Gawler maiden in March 2011 for trainer Tony McEvoy. Singleton retired her to stud last year and was covered by More Than Ready in October.
Her two year-old is an unraced colt named Laughing Lad (Redoute’s Choice). He is with Peter Moody and finished midfield in a Cranbourne barrier trial in November. Sunday Joy has a yearling filly by More Than Ready and Singelton bred her back to the Vinery champion in September.
The stars aligned for More Joyous on Saturday morning when a More Than Ready gelding opened his account at Riverton in New Zealand.
He goes by the name of Sir Singo!