More Joy for Singo in Toorak Hcp

More Joyous booked her ticket for a showdown with So You Think in the Cox Plate when she scored a record breaking win in the G1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.  A John Singleton homebred, she shouldered 58kg which is the most weight carried to victory by a mare in the history of the time-honoured mile.

“She really was impressive,” winning trainer Gai Waterhouse beamed.  “In the straight, I thought there’s no way in the world she was going to pick them up with that weight.”

Waterhouse said More Joyous would now tackle So You Think in the Cox Plate.  “They were both extremely impressive today,” Waterhouse added.  “My mare is going beautifully since she arrived in Melbourne.”

More Joyous (4m More Than Ready – Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) is unbeaten in her last seven starts starting in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill 12 months ago.  She followed up with wins in the G1 Flight Stakes, G2 Surround Stakes, G2 Light Fingers Stakes, LR Sheraco Stakes and G2 Theo Marks Quality.

More Joyous is bred in the silk department.  She is by Vinery’s champion Southern Halo 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.

A Redoute’s Choice – Sunday Joy colt will go under the hammer at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale from Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud.

Singleton has been a More Than Ready fan since the Vinery stallion arrived in Australia.  “Life’s easy really,” Singo said recently.  “You buy a More Than Ready, give them to Gai (Waterhouse) and they send you the cheques.”