Premier Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse saw more black type success on Saturday when her consistently impressive filly More Joyous claimed a dominant win in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
A daughter of More Than Ready, More Joyous started the race at the short odds of $2.20, still the favourite after drifting from $1.90. The bookies were spot on as she overcame her wide barrier draw to beat second favourite the Peter Snowden-trained Trim ($3.10) by 1 ¾ lengths, while third elect Sweepstaking ($6.50) finished off the trifecta.
More Joyous is shaping up to be a stable star for Waterhouse, having now won five of her eight career starts for over $640 000 in prizemoney. Her all-the-way Light Fingers Stakes win in the wet on Saturday proved just how strong and versatile More Joyous is.
David Payne missed out on not only back-to-back Light Fingers Stakes but a minor placing in the 2010 event as well, as his runner Prerequisite ($31) finished just outside of the top three in fourth.
More Joyous’ owner John Singleton is in talks with Waterhouse over where the filly will be aimed at next. Singleton is keen for her to tackle the $1.5million Group 1 Doncaster Handicap on April 17, while trainer Gai is instead looking towards the $350, 000 Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks at the same meeting.
Whatever her final goal, More Joyous will in the meantime have a run in the Surround Stakes and Coolmore Classic.
It wasn’t all good news for Waterhouse on Saturday however, as her Royal Sovereign Stakes runner Manhattan Rain finished a dismal fifth after starting as the $1.70 favourite for the Group 1 feature.
2010 Light Fingers Stakes Results:
MORE JOYOUS (NZ)
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy|
|Gillian Heinrich||Tim Clark|
|David Payne||Glyn Schofield|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland|
RUN FOR NAARA
|John Thompson||Hugh Bowman|
|John Thompson||Blake Shinn|
LITTLE SURFER GIRL
|Chris Waller||Corey Brown|
READY ON SUNDAY
|Don Robb||Tommy Berry|