More Joyous Heads Tristarc Stakes 2011 Nominations

Gai Waterhouse’s five-time Group 1 winning glamour mare More Joyous is ready to return to the winners stall in the 2011 Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day this Saturday, the More Than Ready five-year-old leading the list of nominations taken for the mares-only feature on Monday.

At nomination stage the $180,000 Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) drew 20 entries, More Joyous sitting at the top of the ballot as the highest-rated hopeful.

More Joyous

More Joyous is the topline 2011 Tristarc Stakes nominee

More Joyous resumed after a five month spell to run a credible third, beaten five and a half lengths by the winner Sepoy in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 30.

Having come through the run well and stepping back up to her pet distance, More Joyous undefeated in three runs over 1400 metres, Waterhouse is confident heading towards the Tristarc Stakes 2011.

“A lot of trainers at Flemington have remarked to me how lovely she looks,” Waterhouse said.

“She has really trained on, muscled up and has done very well.”

More Joyous is one of the three 58.5kg top-weighted Tristarc Stakes nominations this year along with dual Group 1 winner Response and the Matthew Smith-trained Sydneysider Hurtle Myrtle, all three likely to be well-supported in the Luxbet markets if accepted.

Other notable 2011 Tristarc Stakes nominees include:

  • Sister Madly (John Sadler) – Consistent Redoute’s Choice mare won the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) first-up at Caulfield last month before her second to Sepoy in the Manikato Stakes, definite contender and has form over the distance and against More Joyous
  • Dysphonia (Peter Snowden) – Lonhro five-year-old comes off a third to Lady Lynette in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 2, will be better when gets up to the mile
  • Screen (Peter Snowden) – Another five-year-old Lonhro mare from the Snowden stables, was impressive when hanging on in a gritty finish to win the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1200m) first-up at Rosehill on September 24, has won over the distance but Caulfield record is poor
  • Sistine Angel (Andrew Noblet) – Progressive Testa Rossa four-year-old ran a good second to Temple Of Boom first-up at Flemington in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) on October 2, 1400m is ideal and will relish getting back to their home track
  • Born To Rock (Michael Moroney) – Fastnet Rock mare comes off a good win at Moonee Valley on September 30 over 1200m carrying 58kg, will drop in weights this Saturday and has run against the best competitively having finished less than a length away third to Yosei in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June

See below for the complete 2011 Harrolds Tristarc Stakes nominations, weights and order of entry.

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2011 Tristarc Stakes Nominations, Weights & Ballot

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith 3 58.5kg 104
2 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 1 58.5kg 121
3 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 2 58.5kg 110
4 DYSPHONIA Peter Snowden 5 57.5kg 100
5 GOON SERPENT David Jolly 9 57.5kg 94
6 SCREEN Peter Snowden 6 57.5kg 98
7 SISTER MADLY John Sadler 4 57.5kg 106
8 SISTINE ANGEL Andrew Noblet 7 57.5kg 102
9 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 8 57.5kg 105
10 BORN TO ROCK Michael Moroney 10 56.5kg 97
11 LUCHA LIBRE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 12 56.5kg 86
12 ROYAL COMMANDS Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 11 56.5kg 89
13 BOOKLET Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 13 55.5kg 92
14 I’M DISCREET Russell Cameron 14 55kg 97
15 RUE MAPLE Darren Weir 15 55kg 90
16 BEDLUM (NZ) Pat Carey 19 54kg 76
17 MAYNEDA STRATEGY Trent Pennuto 17 54kg 78
18 MISS BINDI (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 16 54kg 87
19 MISS MATARI Kevin Milham 18 54kg 77
20 YOU I FIND Lee & Shannon Hope 20 54kg 77