More Joyous’ made a barnstorming return to the track on Saturday when she steamed home for the most impressive of wins in the listed Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill.
With bigger races in store for the daughter of More Than Ready including the Epsom Handicap and Cox Plate, More Joyous produced an outstanding sprint finish to beat a quality field.
In stretching her stakes winning streak to five, More Joyous confirmed her status as one of the best mares in Australia.
“She is an outstanding mare,” trainer Gai Waterhouse beamed after the race. “You have just seen the Epsom winner in my opinion.”
“She has blistering speed, the most sensational turn of foot and whatever she has done (here) there is so much improvement.”
Winning rider Nash Rawiller was also thrilled with the performance of the regally bred mare.
“She has strengthened up and as I said during the week, the world is her oyster and there are bigger and better things down the track to come.”
“I have so much confidence in her and she never lets you down,” Rawiller added.
The win was yet another stakes success for one of Australia’s most famous thoroughbred families and turned the attention to her outstanding yearling half brother.
The yearling in question, a colt by Redoute’s Choice, is the latest from More Joyous’ dam, the Oaks winning Sunday Silence mare Sunday Joy.
The colt is an outstanding individual and is being prepared by Strawberry Hill Stud for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Saturday’s star More Joyous is now the winner of seven races and has earned $788,500 with six stakes victories.
Her dam Sunday Joy won three stakes races in three different states including the Group One Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick.
She is a daughter of Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise – the dam of four stakes gallopers including super mare Tuesday Joy (7 wins and over $3.2 million).
Another daughter of Joie Denise, the Flemington stakes placed Joie has a yearling colt by Encosta de Lago also heading toward the famous Gold Coast auction in January.