Sheraco Stakes Field 2012 – More Joyous V The Rest

Glamour mare More Joyous seems to have the Listed 2012 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) for the taking at Rosehillon Saturday.

More Joyous

More Joyous begins her Cox Plate journey in the Sheraco Stakes on Saturday

The eight-time Group 1 winner is the clear standout in the nine-horse field for the fillies and mares sprint in what will be the first stop on her road to the Cox Plate.

It will be the six-year-old’s second start in the Sheraco after claiming top honours in the $100,000 event two years ago.

A daughter of More Than Ready, her record speaks for itself. Since debuting in January 2009 she has claimed 19 wins from 26 starts and collected more than $4.2 million in prizemoney.

From all reports she is ready to pick up where she left off in the autumn, which was an unbeaten four-start campaign that included a Group 1 treble in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes, Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

If any horse can challenge the champion mare it is likely to be Streama, who has only missed a place twice from 13 starts.

The Guy Walter-trained mare was last seen winning the Group 1 Australian Oaks and also won the Group 1 Flight Stakes last spring.

Streama’s major spring target is likely to come in the Group 1 Myer Classic in November and on Saturday she will carry the same weight (59kg) as More Joyous.

Also potentially headed towards the Myer Classic from Saturday’s Sheraco field are Colorado Claire and Gai’s Choice.

Colorado Claire, trained by John O’Shea, won the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes in the autumn and has an overall record of five wins from eight starts.

Five-year-old mare Gai’s Choice won the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich in June with a last-to-first run and backed it up with a third-place effort in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara.

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Sheraco Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x317x1111x MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 125
2 111x21521x STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 108
3 1114x1813x COLORADO CLAIRE John O’Shea James McDonald 6 57.5kg 96
4 14277x06x7 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson Glyn Schofield 9 57kg 92
5 0087x1113x GAI’S CHOICE David Pfieffer Jay Ford 4 56.5kg 95
6 30x16115x1 EMOTIONAL CIRCUS Jason Coyle Christian Reith 5 56kg 85
7 335x21285x DETOURS Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 55kg 86
8 53x228360x POTIONS John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 2 55kg 84
9 424x5459x2 MISS MARX David Vandyke Peter Robl 3 55kg 83