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Australia: More Joyous earns Breeders' Cup slot with Doncaster Mile win at Randwick
More Joyous extended her unbeaten streak to three races this year and earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November with a victory in Saturday’s $2,060,000 Doncaster Mile at Randwick Racecourse in Australia.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge program. More Joyous must be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup program to start in the BC Mile. It was not clear whether owner John Singleton has the BC Mile as a late year goal for More Joyous.
Ridden by Nash Rawiller, More Joyous, 6, won the Doncaster Mile by three-quarters of a length over Shoot Out, a Group 1 winner earlier this year. More Joyous was the 5-2 favorite in the field of 19. Yosei, a 30-1 outsider, finished third.
A 6-year-old mare by More Than Ready, More Joyous gave trainer Gai Waterhouse a seventh win in the Doncaster Mile, equaling a record set by her father, T.J. Smith. Earlier this year, More Joyous won the Group 2 Canterbury Stakes on March 24 and the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes at Rosehill on April 7.
There were two other Group 1 races on Saturday’s program at Randwick.
In the $566,000 Australian Oaks, Streama, the 2-5 favorite, rallied in deep stretch to win by a head over Aliyana Tilde in a race over about 1 1/2 miles. Streama, a 4-year-old filly by Stratum, won the Group 1 Flight Stakes last October.
Temple of Boom, a 14-1 outsider, scored a surprise win in the $360,000 James Boag Galaxy Stakes over about 5 1/2 furlongs, edging Waterhouse’s Nobby Snip by a length. The Galaxy Stakes was the first Group 1 win for Temple of Boom, a 6-year-old gelding by Piccolo.
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