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She may have failed in her bid to win multiple Toorak Handicaps but jockey Nash Rawiller, trainer Gai Waterhouse and owner John Singleton all agree on one thing with More Joyous – she can bounce back in the Cox Plate 2012 and will be there on October 27 at Moonee Valley.
In a horror day for Rawiller, Waterhouse and Singleton on Saturday at Caulfield their two hot favourites both suffered defeat with Pierro running second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) to All Too Hard, and glamour mare More Joyous failing to carry the 60kg topweight when fading to finish fourth to Brisbane raider Solzhenitsyn in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
Both horses will look to regain form moving forward however with Waterhouse confirming the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) is still on the agenda for both the previously undefeated three-year-old Lonhro and eight-time Group 1 winning six-year-old More Joyous.
“I can sum up today like this – it was frustrating, disappointing, but we live to race another day,” Waterhouse said.
“I’m disappointed Pierro and More Joyous didn’t win, but I thought they both ran great races.
“Pierro had to do it tough and it was only in the last 50m that All Too Hard got to him. Pierro is a champion colt and All Too Hard showed today he is also an outstanding three-year-old – that’s the bottom line.
“More Joyous also had a very hard run. She had a lot of weight, 60kg, and that told against her in the end.
“They have both pulled up well and will run in the Cox Plate – why wouldn’t they run?”
More Joyous however has drifted out to $12 in her attempt to win the Cox Plate 2012.
The daughter of More Than Ready has attempted to win the Cox Plate once before when she backed up from her 2010 Toorak Handicap win to run a disappointing fifth behind dual champ So You Think in that year’s Moonee Valley showdown.
That failure was her only run over further than a mile until she capped off a stellar autumn in Sydney earlier this year, which also included a Doncaster Mile triumph, to win the Group 2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) by two and a half lengths over Manighar at Randwick.
She may not have won this year’s Toorak but it onwards to the Cox Plate still for More Joyous, and Rawiller believes she will be okay getting back to 57kg.
“She can normally overcome things quite easily, but it was pretty testing out there with the big weight, especially when you’re giving them 8kg,” he said of the Toorak effort.
“I was more than happy with the run. I was kind to her in the last 100 – I’m sure she can bounce back in the Cox Plate.”
Singleton meanwhile went a step further and said he was actually more confident heading into the Cox Plate with More Joyous after the Toroak than before.
“I’m a lot more confident about the Cox Plate now than I was before the Toorak,” he said.
“She had two very easy wins in Sydney and at least now she has had the hard run she needed.
“It’s lucky we didn’t take the easy option and run her in the mares’ race on Wednesday.”
He wasn’t so sure about Pierro however, saying More Joyous had a lot of bad luck in her run while the boom colt didn’t have quite as many excuses for their loss.
“I’ve got questions on Pierro I didn’t have before the Guineas,” Singleton said.
“You have to think there is a doubt about him running a strong 2000m.”
And as for who Singleton rates as the main Cox Plate dangers this year?
“All Too Hard, I think, is a freak but he can do silly things in a race, and I’m not sure about Ocean Park,” he said.
“In my opinion, Green Moon and (owner) Lloyd Williams are the ones to beat. What happened on Saturday just makes it more interesting.”
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