On Saturday the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous burst into Cox Plate contention with a stunning win over a quality field in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
After winning her two other spring starts including the Theo Marks Stakes, four-year-old More Joyous started as the clear $1.60 favourite on Saturday and after running clear on the home straight, coasted to a one and three quarter length victory over Trusting ($31).
Theseo will miss the rest of the spring after finishing a listless seventh to More Joyous on Saturday
Finishing a further three quarters of a length away in third was the Bart Cummings-trained Empires Choice ($101), the long priced outsider proving their Caulfield and Melbourne Cup potential with the eye-catching run.
Sportsbet have slashed the price on More Joyous to win the 2010 Cox Plate on October 23 following her impressive victory, the daughter of More Than Ready firming into the $5.50 second elect behind stablemate So You Think.
Theseo, Waterhouse’s other George Main Stakes runner, set a blistering early pace but faded to finish seventh and will miss the remainder of the spring after the lacklustre run.
It was a bumper day of racing at Randwick on Saturday with the other major attraction being the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1400m) where another odds-on favourite Decision Time ($2.90) claimed victory.
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2010 Yellowglen George Main Stakes Results
|1||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||C Brown||1.60F|
|2||TRUSTING||John P Thompson||J Cassidy||31.00|
|3||EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||T Clark||101.00|
|4||DANLEIGH||Chris Waller||H Bowman||8.00|
|5||BLACK PIRANHA||Con Karakatsanis||B Rawiller||11.00|
|6||CONISTON BLUEBIRD||Bede Murray||G Schofield||301.00|
|7||THESEO||Gai Waterhouse||N Rawiller||4.20|
|8||SNAPY HALO (ARG)||John O’Shea||M Rodd||71.00|