SHE has already won eight Group 1’s and $4.5 million but champion mare More Joyous’ finest hour may yet be to come.
The daughter of More Than Ready will line-up in her second Cox Plate tomorrow and etch her name alongside other greats of the turf including Phar Lap, Tulloch, Kingston Town, Saintly, Makybe Diva and Sunline.
More Joyous will start from barrier 11 in the field of 14.
“She doesn’t raced any good when she’s cluttered up on the fence,” trainer Gai Waterhouse told Sportsman.
“The two best runs of her career were in the Doncaster and the Queen Elizabeth and in both she drew outside gates. People have short memories.”
More Joyous, who finished fifth in the 2010 Cox Plate behind dual winner So You Think, tried hard under her 60kg impost last start suffering a rare defeat but Waterhouse is unfazed.
“If anything the run really brought her on and she will be very competitive.”