More Joyous to Return in 2012 Canterbury Stakes

Highly successful New Zealand mare More Joyous will have her first run since October when she lines up in the Group 2 2012 Canterbury Stakes at Rosehill Garden’s this Saturday.

The Gai Waterhouse trained five-year-old was today named in the final field for the $175,000 event which will be run over 1300 metres.

More Joyous

More Joyous will return from a spell in Saturday's Canterbury Stakes

A winner of more than $2.3 million in prize money, the More Than Ready mare has produced a highly successful career which is highlighted by five Group 1 victories.

She will be ridden by experienced jockey Nash Rawiller and her first up success chances were helped today when she received a favourable barrier seven draw.

More Joyous is one of a number of classy horses set to run in what is one of the key support races to the Ranvet Stakes and Coolmore Classic this weekend.

Chris Waller trained Albert The Fat may have finished a disappointing eighteenth first up in the Newmarket Handicap but the seven-year-old is a quality horse who will be better for the hit out.

The gelding has 11 wins from 32 starts with his last victory coming in November’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes ahead of King’s Rose and Secret Admirer.

New Zealand gelding Somepin Anypin is coming off a second-place finish in the Liverpool City Cup and the promising four-year-old Hawkesbury Cup winner gets a chance to test himself against some high quality opposition.

Another New Zealand horse named in the final field is Metal Bender, who is a two-time Group 1 winner and has amassed more than $1.6 million in prize money.

The Chris Waller trained six-year-old will be looking to record his first win on Australian soil since August 2010.

Also included in the final field for Saturday’s 2012 Canterbury Stakes are Sincero, Ilovethiscity, Happy Zero and Eagle Falls.

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2012 Canterbury Stakes – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X123480X7X METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 12 59kg 116
2 X46X2421X0 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 59kg 112
3 41155X282X ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 6 59kg 112
4 2220X1315X LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jim Cassidy 10 59kg 112
5 01X118597X SINCERO Stephen Farley Hugh Bowman 11 59kg 112
6 31330X670X HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13 59kg 110
7 0X0040X100 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 109
8 607X50X250 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Blake Shinn 4 59kg 108
9 71X115715X FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller TBA 14 59kg 106
10 860X39511X MONTON Ron Quinton Craig Newitt 9 59kg 106
11 0X609306X5 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Corey Brown 2 59kg 106
12 19X22111X2 SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ) Gary Portelli Christian Reith 15 59kg 102
13 X86401X20X TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle Craig Williams 1 59kg 101
14 11110X317X MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 57kg 120
15 71518X251X HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 3 57kg 111