The More Joyous saga has taken another turn with trainer Gai Waterhouse charged by Racing New South Wales stewards for failing to report that the champion mare showed signs of lameness before running in the 2013 Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 6.
According to evidence that was reported at the inquiry today, More Joyous was found to be lame after a gallop on March 30 and did not gallop all week leading up to Group 1 race with Waterhouse failing to inform stewards of the problem.
Waterhouse argued that More Joyous had improved before acceptances for the Queen of the Turf Stakes were taken on Wednesday and she didn’t have any worries about the mares’ fitness.
Stewards did not accept this explanation and charged Waterhouse under rule of racing AR 140 – The trainer of a horse that is included in the final acceptors for a race must ensure that such horse is fit and properly conditioned to race, and shall report to the Stewards as soon as practicable any condition or occurrence that may affect its running in the race.
The leading Sydney trainer was fined $2000 but is expected to appeal the decision and the inquiry is set to continue.
More Joyous started the Queen of the Turf Stakes as an odds-on favourite but finished a luckless fifth behind Appearance after being blocked for a run in the straight.
Three weeks later she finished second last in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) and owner John Singleton accused Waterhouse of running More Joyous even though she knew that the horse was not fully fit.
More Joyous has been retired but her Queen of the Turf conqueror Appearance is set to contest the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and you can find the best odds for whatever races she contests at bookmaker.com.au – home of the famous $500 bonus bet!