Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse has confirmed her champion mare More Joyous will bypass a clash with the world’s best Black Caviar in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) instead being saved for the 2013 All Aged Stakes the following weekend.
Eight-time Group 1 winner More Joyous was one of 16 brave rivals nominated to take on Peter Moody’s undefeated queen Black Caviar when she vies for consecutive career win number 25 in the 2013 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick on Doncaster Mile Day.
Waterhouse’s six-year-old daughter of More Than Ready was last seen finishing a luckless fifth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m) over the weekend when the dual defending champ was blocked during her run, unable to go anywhere but back.
More Joyous however will attempt to bounce back and score her 22nd victory not this Saturday but next when she next contests the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on Sydney Cup Day, April 27, a race won 12 months ago by Atlantic Jewel.
“I nommed More Joyous but we have discussed it and we’ll keep her for the All Aged Stakes,” Waterhouse said.
Owner-breeder John Singleton’s racing manager Duncan Grimley confirmed that a mouth-watering clash between More Joyous and Black Caviar was “no chance” of happening in the TJ Smith Stakes.
“We will wait for the All Aged Stakes,” Grimley said.
While More Joyous is out of the TJ Smith Stakes the field for the classic Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival sprint is still shaping up as one of the strongest Black Caviar has faced in many runs.
Other notable hopes in the mix include first-up The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter, Joe Pride’s Commands gelding Rain Affair coming off a fourth to Pierro in the Canterbury Stakes and triple Group 1 winner Sea Siren looking to bounce back after her eighth in The Galaxy.
Along with More Joyous other horses unlikely to be accepted for then include The Galaxy runner-up Snitzerland and injury-prone galloper Hay List.
Moody has also nominated for his William Reid Stakes runner-up Karuta Queen to go up against her star stablemate but is leaning towards running her in the $175,000 Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) instead.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the official 2013 TJ Smith Stakes field to be released on Wednesday and for all the latest All Aged Stakes news and updates.
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