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Champion mare More Joyous has proved her star quality yet again, backing up just seven days after her Doncaster Mile victory to win the Group 1 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick today.
Leading Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller decided he did not want to be dictated to and took her to the front in the early stages of the race and that is where she stayed.
At the half way mark in just her second race at the 2000 metre distance, the More Than Ready mare held a two-length gap on her rivals.
As they approached the straight the all star field came to a tight bunch but the five-year-old again showed her remarkable finishing ability to gallop away and win by 2.5 lengths.
Prolific trainer Gai Waterhouse was her usual excitable self after the race, heaping praise on both horse and jockey alike.
“How about the way he rode her, I didn’t tell him anything. He just decided, how am I going to win this race? Something sort of clicked in his mind, they’ll all sit back,” Waterhouse said.
“Question mark, could she run the distance? Haha. Could she run the distance? She just annihilated them.
“The further she went the more she came away.”
It was the mare’s fourth consecutive victory and was particularly impressive considering it came just a week after a Doncaster victory where she proved many doubters wrong.
There were plenty of doubts as to whether she could run the 2000 metre distance today but she again showed her class to win record an eighth Group 1 victory.
More Joyous’ sensational resume now stands at 19 wins from 26 starts and boasts a prize pool of more than $4 million.
Peter Moody-gelding Manighar’s unbeaten streak of three Group 1 victories ended but the French import ran well enough to finish his autumn with runner-up honours.
Grahame Begg-trained mare Secret Admirer bounced back from a disappointing eighth-place effort in the Doncaster to finish third.
Former Melbourne Cup winner Americain never really looked in contention, perhaps a sign that the 2000 metre distance was again too short after running third to Manighar in the Australian Cup.
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