The Group 1 Futurity Stakes was run over 1,400 metres and was worth a staggering $500,000 in prize money.
The first Group 1 race of the day began when More Joyous jumped well and King Mufhasa settled into the early lead.
More Joyous made good use of her inside barrier draw and settled two lengths away in third for the majority of the race.
More Joyous pulled out and burst to the lead down the home straight, and was challenged only by the great galloper Whobegotyou.
The More Than Ready mare responded well to the challenge, putting a length on Whobegotyou by the finishing post.
Dao Dao put in a very honest run to come home for third in the 2011 Futurity Stakes.
More Joyous was the overwhelming favourite at Luxbet, paying short odds of $1.50 for the win.
The superstar mare once again showed she was capable of running on both Sydney and Melbourne tracks, despite the change in direction.
Gai Waterhouse, More Joyous’ trainer, is now looking towards the Doncaster Handicap at Randwick for her seemingly unbeatable mare on April 16, 2011.
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2011 Futurity Stakes Results
|1st||8||MORE JOYOUS(1)||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse||57.0||1-21.79|
|2nd||1||WHOBEGOTYOU(10)||Damien Oliver||Mark Kavanagh||59.0||0.8L|
|3rd||3||DAO DAO(8)||Dwayne Dunn||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||59.0||2.3L|
|4th||2||KING MUFHASA(4)||Sam Spratt||Stephen Mckee||59.0||2.4L|
|5th||7||VOILE ROUGE(3)||Steven Arnold||David Hayes||59.0||4.4L|
|6th||9||ORTENSIA(5)||Mark Zahra||Tony Noonan||57.0||4.6L|
|7th||5||DOUBTFUL JACK(6)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||59.0||5.6L|
|8th||6||WE’RE GONNA ROCK(7)||Michael Rodd||Mark Kavanagh||59.0||6.8L|
|9th||10||AVIENUS(9)||Craig Williams||Mark Webb||57.0||7.0L|
|10th||4||C’EST LA GUERRE(2)||Nicholas Hall||Robert Hickmott||59.0||9.8L|
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography