More Than Ready four-year-old, More Joyous became a three-time Group 1 winner during her successful spring campaign that included back-to-back victories in both the George Main Stakes at Randwick and the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.
At her last start More Joyous ran fourth to So You Think in the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 23, which was her first assignment over a distance greater than 1600m.
After running third to stablemate Montana Flyer in a barrier trial at Randwick on January 27, More Joyous will make her return to the racetrack in the Breeders Classic with the Doncaster Mile on April 16 her ultimate season target.
The gallop was the second barrier trial for More Joyous for the month after she was also beaten by Flying Spur five-year-old Montana Flyer a fortnight earlier.
The mares will clash again when they face off in the Breeders Classic Saturday week, the race Montana Flyer ran second to Alverta in last year.
Following the Breeders Classic, More Joyous’ owner John Singleton has named the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield’s Blue Diamond Stakes Day on February 26 as next on the agenda for his glamour mare.
NSW Horse of the Year Melito is also set to line up in the 2011 Breeders Classic after the Gerald Ryan-trained Redoute’s Choice four-year-old won her 900m trial at Rosehill on Tuesday.
Multiple Group 1 winning mare Melito was in peak form throughout the early months of 2010 enjoying victories in both the TJ Smith Stakes in April and the Winter Stakes in June.
She is tipped to return to form this season after two disappointing fifth place finishes during the spring, beaten by 7 ½ lengths in the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes and 10 ½ lengths in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic and her last two starts, both times by super sprinter Black Caviar.
Melito is nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington’s Super Saturday on March 12.
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