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More Joyous takes another turn in spotlight

Sydney Morning Herald

Friday April 1, 2011

Chris Roots

IF THERE was an award for best supporting actress this racing season, More Joyous would be an unbackable favourite - as she is in most of her races.More Joyous has put together a remarkable record of 13 wins from 17 starts, and only her debut win as a two-year-old was outside black-type races. Normally, that would make her racing's pin-up girl.Yet she has had to play second fiddle to So You Think last spring and Black Caviar this autumn.Still, she has plenty of fans after racking up three group 1 wins for the season. "You don't find a horse like her too often, that goes out in group company every time and just says, 'See you later, alligator' every time," trainer Gai Waterhouse said. "We are lucky to have horses like So You Think, Black Caviar and her. It's just a wonderful thing for racing and there is room for all of them."Singo [owner John Singleton] said to me the other day that when he was fog-bound and couldn't get to the races, he went to the pub and it was full of people to watch More Joyous."They might have been there because it was Singo's pub but I think people truly love her."More Joyous will again be one of the main supporting acts to the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, a race Waterhouse has won a record four times.Waterhouse is confident More Joyous will chalk up her fourth group 1 win of the season on her way to the Doncaster Mile."The best work she has ever done was [on Tuesday] and she will be winning," she said.It is not about one horse at the Waterhouse yard and she will hunt group 1 glory throughout the afternoon. More Joyous might be the star but Waterhouse tries to treat her the same as the the rest of the stable."Of course you do [get attached to them] but I'm the coach of a team and have to be objective because that is the best way to do the job," she said. "I know that my team is spot on going into the day and they are ready to fire. It's what you want at this time of year."The day is about the two-year-olds and Waterhouse will look for a knockout victory from Shared Reflections, which is attempting to repeat the Sweet Embrace Stakes-Golden Slipper double of last year's winner, Crystal Lily. It is also the path Waterhouse took with success when Ha Ha led home a Slipper trifecta for the stable in 2001."Shared Reflections has stepped up every time we have asked her to, and I think she will do it again on Saturday," Waterhouse said."To me, there are only a handful of chances in the race - and she is definitely one of them."Caulfield Cup winner Descarado will be Waterhouse's representative in The BMW after losing out in a dogfight to Zavite in the Ranvet Stakes last start."His whole prep has been targeted at this race and I don't think they can beat him," Waterhouse said. "He was very good in the Ranvet and has improved since. He is a very good stayer and the 2400 metres is what he is looking for."Warhorse Theseo will attempt to give Waterhouse her first George Ryder Stakes and, like Descarado and More Joyous, will be ridden by stable jockey Nash Rawiller, who was released to ride Foxwedge in the Golden Slipper.Rawiller said the 1500m might be "a bit short" for Theseo, which has won four from eight when second-up from a spell."He will be improved by that first-up run [an eighth in the Chipping Norton Stakes] and he always steps up second-up," Rawiller said."He has shown he is up to these before and it would not surprise if he does it again."

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