More Joyous pleases again in Randwick trial
Monday, 9 February 2009
Golden Slipper favourite More Joyous continues to do everything right, easily winning a Randwick trial on Monday morning in a manner that greatly impressed the Gai Waterhouse stable.
More Joyous only won her trial by two lengths but made improvements in her racing manners that really pleased the Waterhouse stable manager Robyn Hartney.
“She was much better out of the barriers this time, which was very pleasing,” Hartney said.
“She jumped very quickly which was great and showed plenty of speed and Blake (Shinn) decided to keep her three or four horses of the fence all the way.
“Blake never let her off the bridle and she was never extended to win the trial by 2 ½ lengths in the good time of 46.6 seconds.”
More Joyous’ trial time was just outside the fastest time of the day, 46.4 recorded by stablemate Northern Meteor who has to be pushed slightly before winning his trial.
“He went fantastic again in his trial,” Hartney said.
“The thing about him today was that he was very lazy and very relaxed, Blake had to give him one on the backside early to wake him up.
“It was his second trial so Blake rode him out a bit harder this time to just give him that bit of extra work.
“Gai will decide when to send him down to Melbourne for the Newmaket, it might be this week but she will make up her mind what to do in the next couple of days.”
The lightly-raced Doncaster Mile prospect Ashikaga also pleased the stable with his solid trial win with Faulconbridge and Rockwood getting home well under no pressure in the straight.
The Waterhouse yard will send Viking Legend to Melbourne to run in a two-year-old event over 1200 metres.
Brad Rawiller will take the ride on the son of Elvstroem who debuted with a solid second behind the top class colt Real Saga at Randwick on January 24.
Viking Legend will run at Moonee Valley on Saturday with the race to be a stepping stone to the $250,000 Inglis Classic to be run at Caulfield on February 28.