First Foal a Winner for More Joyous
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday, 13 September 2017
When John Singleton's champion mare More Joyous retired from racing in 2013, he hatched an ambitious plan to send her to the UK for a covering with the world's best racehorse Frankel, and that daring move paid dividends on Wednesday at Canterbury when the resulting foal Woman became a winner!.

A tall leggy chestnut with a white blaze, Woman is not an obvious incarnation of either of her celebrated parents, but what she does have is talent.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained filly has been take along ever so slowly with four previous barrier trials since the start of the year preparing her for race day.

With just six runners in the 1250 metre maiden, Woman found herself in a most winnable race on debut and duly delivered the good as per the script.

She tracked the leaders for Kerrin McEvoy and when he stoked her up as they were coming to the turn, she quickly knuckled down to the task.

Woman lengthened stride all the way down the running with her best furlong the last as she hit top gear to cruise clear for a soft two length win.

"She's been trialling nicely and her last furlong was strong and assertive," said Kerrin McEvoy.

"She's only going to improve and she'll be all the better in six months time."

Woman as a foal in 2014With Woman's owner John Singleton on course to watch the debut of his favourite equine child, co-trainer Adrian Bott was relieved and delighted when things went to plan.

"It's so pleasing to see her come out and do that as it's been such a long range plan for John Singleton, right back to the mating," said Bott.

"She was the ultimate professional. She has such scope and will get over a lot further.

"We're looking a light spring for her as we are very mindful of what we would like to achieve in the autumn."

Woman is the first foal of More Joyous, who won 21 races and over $4.5 million with an impressive eight highlight Group I wins.

A homebred for Singleton that carries the instantly recognizable Strawberry brand as does Woman, More Joyous is from Group I AJC Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, a daughter of Group I Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise, so it's not hard to guess what Woman's autumn goal might be!

More Joyous has a two year-old Fastnet Rock colt to follow called More Sundays that has been given to Bjorn Baker to train and after missing last year, she is due to foal to Snitzel.

Woman is the second Australian winner for leading young sire Frankel, who has left 16 stakes-winners to date in the Northern Hemisphere from his first two crops with Japanese Group I winner Soul Stirring the flagbearer.

Race 3 - Tab Rewards Mdn Hcp - 1250m
Class: Maiden. Track: Good(3). Time: 1:14.36. Sectional Time: 0:34.77 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $40,000 - 1st: $21,970 2nd: $7,920 3rd: $3,960.
 1   Woman T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: K McEvoy
3f   Frankel (GB) x More Joyous (NZ) (More Than Ready (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 2.0 Laussel T: James Cummings J: B Shinn
3f   Animal Kingdom (USA) x Moravany (Elusive Quality (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 3.3 Union Dues (NZ) T: M, W and J Hawkes J: B Avdulla
3f   Fastnet Rock x Most Striking (USA) (Giant's Causeway (USA) )
 Lot 424 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale
Vendor - Haunui Farm
Buyer - Astute Bloodstock/Hawkes Racing  $500,000
 4 3.4 Fifth Affair T: G K White J: C W Brown
3f   Casino Prince x Shadow Minister (Dane Shadow )
 5 4.6 Mystic Empire T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: Tim Clark
3f   All Too Hard x Empress Wu (General Nediym )
 6 29.0 Waitemata Harbour T: Patrick Webster J: J Parr
3f   Smart Missile x Britomart (Zabeel (NZ) )
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