Gai Wins 7th Doncaster With More Joyous

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.”

Streama All Class In Oaks Win

Guy Walter’s classy flyer Streama secured the coveted Randwick three year-old fillies Group 1 double when she
won the $550,000 Group 1 Patinack Farm Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick today.

Odds on favourite Streama tailed the field for most of the 2400m race but when jockey Hugh Bowman let her fly in the straight, the daughter of AAMI Golden Slipper winner Stratum’s class came to the fore.

Streama, paying $1.40 with the TAB, beat Aliyana Tilde ($12) by a long head in the time of 2:31:24, with Thy ($10) finishing third.

The win followed Streama’s Group 1 Flight Stakes victory at Royal Randwick in October last year and sees her join an elite vintage crop of three year-old filly superstars in Mosheen and Atlantic Jewel.

After a week of heavy rain, the Royal Randwick track improved throughout the day from a Heavy 8 rating before the first race to a Dead 5 before Race 6.

PIERRO SHOWS CHAMPION QUALITIES

Pierro confirmed his status as one of the world’s best juveniles with an electrifying win in today’s Group One ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.

Sent out the second favourite despite winning the world’s richest juvenile, the Golden Slipper, at his most recent outing, Pierro let his class do the talking with an outstanding success.

Off the speed early, Pierro showed an amazing turn of foot in the straight, reeling in the leader Raceway and clearing out with a furlong to run.

Black Caviar’s younger half brother, the unbeaten All Too Hard, was the odds on favourite but he was left behind when Pierro dashed away.

“There was nothing too hard about that,” Waterhouse beamed after the almost two length win.

“Outstanding colt. I have said it from day one – what else does he have to do.”

“He wins every race he goes in – he wins every major and they still question him. They must be blind or deaf the poor buggers.”

Waterhouse said she wouldn’t rush into deciding whether her star colt would back up in the Champagne Stakes – saying she would wait to “see how he pulls up.”

“Look at the way he donkey-licked them today when he got over 1400 metres. What will he do when he gets over 2000 metres – he will brain them again.”

Pierro stopped the clock in a slick 1 minute 21.47 seconds – quicker than the mighty Luskin Star ran in 1977, the previous race record time for the Group One juvenile event. His prizemoney has soared past $2.7 million.

Another of Pierro’s biggest fans is his regular rider Nash Rawiller.

“I thought he was exceptional today,” Rawiller said. “When I got to them I wasn’t 100 per cent certain where All Too Hard was and I didn’t want to worry about him – I wanted to worry about my bloke.”

“I just didn’t know if he would get there and stargaze a bit. I was just amazed how well he came away, he was sensational.”

“He is a bloody serious horse – chills run up my spine when I ride him.”

Waterhouse purchased Pierro for $230,000 on behalf of owners Greg and Donna Kolivos at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The Lonhro colt was offered at that auction by Victoria’s Musk Creek Farm after being pin-hooked by David Kobritz for $115,000 from the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Bred and sold as a weanling by Sheikh Mohammed’s powerful Australian operation of Darley, Pierro is the second runner and first winner for the Daylami mare Miss Right Note.

A winner at Chantilly in France, Miss Right Note was imported to Australia and she won in Sydney prior to being retired to stud.

Miss Right Note is a half sister to the former Champion Italian based gallper Laverock – who is by Lonhro’s champion sire Octagonal and thus closely related to today’s Slipper winning star.

Pierro’s third dam was a stakes winner at Newbury and his black type filled family include international stakes winners Flying Cloud, Captain Webb, Lady Meydan and Knight’s Tour.

SUPERSTAR’S RECORD BREAKING RETURN

The world’s best three-year-old filly, Atlantic Jewel made a stunning return to the racecourse today with a breathtaking win in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

Starting for the first time since demolishing Mosheen and Co in the Wakeful Stakes in the spring, Atlantic Jewel extended her unbeaten run to six with an arrogant win.

The Mark Kavanagh trained daughter of Fastnet Rock is now a clear favourite for the Australasian weight-for-age championship, the WS Cox Plate.

Over shadowing the AJC Derby as the day’s highlight, Atlantic Jewel’s performance had racegoers and scribes alike searching for superlatives.

Awesome. Amazing. Incredible. Breath taking. Sensational. Brilliant. It didn’t matter which word was used, they all applied.

Allowed to settle off the speed during the early stages of the 1200 metre contest, Atlantic Jewel worked her way around the field before rider Michael Rodd asked for an effort in the straight.

In a matter of three strides Atlantic Jewel had reeled in the leaders and raced to the lead. The final margin of three and three quarter lengths could easily have been double.

And the winning time of 1 minute 8.96 seconds was a race record.

“She is just a special horse,” an awe struck Mark Kavanagh said. “She makes me speechless.”

“Just look at her today, it was remarkable what she did out there. She sat four deep, Roddy was just arrogant and she just strode away.”

“It is fabulous.”

“I don’t know what the plan is now. The original plan was to give her one more (run) and then put her away till the spring.”

“There horses don’t come along very often.”

“The last time I was so excited about a girl I married her and I can tell you I think this one a lot too.”

Regular rider Michael Rodd expected Atlantic Jewel to win today and he thinks she will only get better as her distances increase.

“We all know she is a great horse, but Kav has done a wonderful job with her.”

“He has been really patient. Her injury may not have been career threatening, but he really brought her along and cuddled her and cuddled her and just waited for today.”

“We all know the Spring Carnival is where her main goal is.”

“Everything she has been doing at home is so exciting and we couldn’t really talk about it, but we were just waiting for today to get her out here and let her produce her best.”

“It was really arrogant. She began really well and then she just switched off as she normally does.”

“I just let the reins go and gave her a squeeze and she took off. That is probably her top, but the beauty of it is that she will get better as she gets further.”

The filly, by red hot sire Fastnet Rock, was presented by Vinery Stud at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she caught the eye of the team from Coolmore Stud – the stud which stands Fastnet Rock.

Their esteemed international based agent Demi O’Byrne went to $320,000 to secure the classic looking yearling and he, wisely, retained an interest.

Sharing in the ownership are Susan Magnier’s Coolmore Syndicate, Michael Kirwan, Mathilde Texier, Laurie Macri and MV Magnier.

From the Zabeel mare Regard, Atlantic Jewel has already earned over $680,000 during a perfect career. That figure looks destined to balloon over the coming months.

FAST CLIP ON TRACK FOR DONCASTER

Fast Clip booked his place into the field for one of Australia’s biggest and most important races with a fighting win in yesterday’s Group Three Doncaster Mile Prelude at Randwick.

On the speed throughout, the classy four-year-old was headed in the straight, but under the urgings of Tommy Berry, came back to win impressively.

“What a wonderful way to finish the day,” trainer Gai Waterhouse beamed after her third stakes win of the day.

“Didn’t Tommy ride if absolutely brilliantly – he jumped the barriers, he took control of the race right from the start.”

“It was almost over from the start.”

Berry was equally as complimentary on Waterhouse after the victory.

“I’ve got to thank Gai, she has got this horse perfect here today,” he said after unsaddling.

“It was his last chance to get into the Doncaster and he is going very well, it was a great, courageous win.”

“The key today was to get him to run the mile so we wanted him to get a nice easy time in front.”

“This horse is tough, a typical Gai Waterhouse warhorse!”

At the post Fast Clip held a head margin over Victorian visitor Speediness, while Alma’s Fury was another length and a quarter back in third place.

Outside of the placegetters, Happy Trails, a graduate of the Adelaide Yearling Sale, stormed home for fourth place for Paul Beshara and Christian Reith.

A $180,000 purchase by Waterhouse from the Turangga Farm draft at the 2009 Magic Million Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Fast Clip is now the winner of six of his 18 starts and his earnings have raced past $455,000.

One of four stakes winners by former stakes winning Magic Millions graduate Snippetson, Fast Clip is one of four winners for his dam, the Honour and Glory mare Hint of Glory.

Placed in Sydney at two, Hint of Glory is a daughter of the grand producer Suggestive and is thus a half sister to stakes winners Sky Cuddle, Highly Recommended and Sky Love and the group placed sprinter Undeniably.