Gai Waterhouse won her record-equalling seventh $2m Group1 BMW Doncaster Mile when mighty mare More Joyous owned by John Singleton won the time-honoured race in front of 13,113 spectators at Royal Randwick today.
Waterhouse joined her late father TJ Smith with the most ever BMW Doncaster Mile wins when More Joyous ($3.80 with the TAB) surged to the front of the 19-strong field at the 200m mark and beat the fast-finishing Shoot Out and Yosei in a time of 1:35:57.
More Joyous’ seventh Group 1 win was made more remarkable considering connections were threatening to withdraw the mare if the track was too heavy after a week where torrential rain fell for days on end at Randwick.
However the fantastic state of the Randwick track surprised many by improving throughout the day from a Heavy 8 rating before the first race to a Dead 5 before the BMW Doncaster Mile.
Waterhouse is having a sensational BMW Sydney Carnival winning the two feature races in the AAMI Golden Slipper and the BMW Doncaster Mile.
She has previously won the BMW Doncaster Mile with Pharaoh (1994-1995), Sprint By (1996), Secret Savings (1997), Assertive Lad (2001) and Grand Armee (2003).
With the BMW Doncaster Mile included in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, More Joyous will automatically be nominated for the Breeders Cup Mile. The classic race is the highlight of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held on 2-3 November at Santa Anita Park, California.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Officer Darren Pearce said the day had been a remarkable triumph for Sydney racing.
“The weather has been kind yet again and we have witnessed some of Australia’s premier thoroughbreds score impressive wins,” Mr Pearce said.
“We couldn’t be anything other than delighted in delivering a superb BMW Doncaster Day for racegoers under the exceptional circumstances of our redevelopment which is taking place simultaneously.”