Canterbury Stakes 2012 taken by More Joyous

More Joyous has justified her odds-on favouritism in today’s 2012 Canterbury Stakes by taking top honours ahead of Monton and Metal Bender.

The classy Gai Waterhouse trained five-year-old added the $175,000 Group 2 win to her highly impressive resume which now stands at 16 wins from 23 starts.

It was the first run for the glamour mare since last October but she demonstrated why she is a five-time Group 1 winner, proving a class above her rivals.

More Joyous

More Joyous was a class above in the 2012 Canterbury Stakes

The More Than Ready mare came out of the blocks quickly and managed to sit towards the front half of the pack for the entire 1300 metres.

As they came into the final bend, it was promising New Zealand gelding Somepin Anypin who had a two and a half length lead, but More Joyous was far too strong down the straight and eventually went on to win by a length.

Prolific trainer Gai Waterhouse was full of praise for the champion mare, describing her as “courageous.”

“I didn’t think she was going to win at the top of the straight,” Waterhouse said.

“She took a stride or two where she seemed to be sort of really trying hard. Then she just went boom, she sort of said I will not be beaten.

“That heart you can’t buy, it’s just fantastic.”

Nash Rawiller continued his stellar riding form after winning on Foxwedge in the William Reid Stakes last night and then the Todman Stakes on Pierro this morning at Rosehill.

Rawiller said he was impressed with how More Joyous dug deep in the final stages despite not being at her best.

“Just leading into the race, she [Waterhouse] said she’s not 100 percent fit this horse,”

“I took that on board and just rode her like the best horse and she did the rest.

“The last 50 or 100 [metres] was hard work and she just kept lifting.”

The experienced jockey said More Joyous was a courageous mare with a “heart as big as herself.”

“I love her,” Rawiller said.

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2012 Canterbury Stakes – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 14 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 57kg $2.90F
2 10 MONTON Ron Quinton Craig Newitt 1.3L 9 59kg $21
3 1 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 1.5L 12 59kg $81
4 5 SINCERO Stephen Farley Hugh Bowman 1.7L 11 59kg $9.50
5 4 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jim Cassidy 1.8L 10 59kg $5
6 6 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2.9L 13 59kg $81
7 3 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 3L 6 59kg $21
8 2 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.1L 5 59kg $16
9 15 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 3.3L 3 57kg $9
10 8 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Blake Shinn 3.4L 4 59kg $19
11 7 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 4.1L 8 59kg $41
12 9 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Steven Arnold 5L 14 59kg $31
13 11 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Corey Brown 5.7L 2 59kg $26
14 12 SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ) Gary Portelli Christian Reith 6.8L 15 59kg $12
15 13 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle Craig Williams 8.8L 1 59kg $21