Known this year as the Sebring Sprint, the Theo Marks Stakes featured a cracker field of elite spring contenders but it was $2.15 favourite More Joyous who took the honours and awed the spectators, beating Rothesay ($3.50) by a forceful three lengths with Drumbeats ($14) a gallant third just a further head away.
More Joyous was backing up from her eye catching first-up win in the Listed Sheraco Stakes (1100m) last month, Saturday’s win her eighth victory from 11 career starts giving the daughter of More Than Ready over $930,000 in career earnings to date.
Trainer Waterhouse, owner John Singleton and jockey Corey Brown, filling in for regular rider Nash Rawiller on suspension, all expressed their high opinion of the mare with Brown saying More Joyous was the best horse he has ever ridden.
“This mare is going from strength to strength. Cox Plate here we come,” said Waterhouse.
Leading online bookmaker Sportsbet now have More Joyous as a $12 chance to win the 2010 Cox Plate on October 23, with reigning champion So You Think still the hot favourite at $3.80.
Waterhouse enjoyed further success on Saturday at Rosehill as her boom gelding Herculian Prince took out the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) in devastating style showing he is on track for the 2010 Melbourne Cup on Tuesday November 2.
The other Group race at Rosehill on Saturday was the Group 3 Research Stakes (1200m) won by the Peter Snowden-trained Trim.
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2010 Theo Marks Stakes Results
|1||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Corey Brown||$2.15F|
|4||BLACK PIRANHA||Hugh Bowman||$20|
|5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||Jim Cassidy||$13|
|6||DESCARADO (NZ)||Joshua Parr||$51|
|7||EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ)||Tim Clark||$101|
|8||DEALER PRINCIPAL||Peter Robl||$26|
|9||BRILLIANT LIGHT||Jay Ford||$8.50|
|10||CONISTON BLUEBIRD||Kathy O’Hara||$201|
|11||SNIPER’S BULLET||Grant Buckley||$41|