More Joyous booked to Frankel

More Joyous has been retired and will be sent to England to be mated with Frankel.

More Joyous (6m More Than Ready – Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence) is a homebred for John Singleton and goes to stud after winning 21 races in 33 starts and over $4.50 million in prizemoney.

She was last seen running second last in a controversial finale to her career in the G1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick on April 27.  “She had nothing left to prove on the track and is very special to John,” Singleton’s racing manager Duncan Grimley said.  “She will be accompanied to England by More Strawberries who is also to be mated with Frankel.

“We have the Frankel contracts and it was only a matter of whether More Joyous went to him this year or next.  We want to breed the best to the best.”

More Strawberries (More Than Ready) was a G2 winner of the AJC Sharp Stakes and STC Tea Rose Stakes.  She is a half-sister to Arrowfield Stud’s G1 winning shuttler All American (Red Ransom).

More Joyous is by Vinery’s champion sire More Than Ready from Singleton’s 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.

Frankel (Galileo) began serving his first northern book of 130 mares at a fee of 125,000 pounds in February.  He will cover a limited number of mares to southern hemisphere time at Banstead Manor Stud starting in September.

Undefeated in 14 starts, Frankel was awarded an all-time high assessment by Timeform after his 11 length romp in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last year.  His was given a lofty 147 rating which ranked him ahead of Sea Bird (145) and Brigadier Gerard (144).