Lit­tle sis­ter born as su­per mare wins 20 straight

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Front Page - BRAD DAVID­SON GOULBURN TO­DAY

SONG And Laugh­ter’s full sis­ter will make her de­but at Goulburn to­day but trainer Richard Litt has told pun­ters not to ex­pect the world from Joe’s Joy first-up.

Song And Laugh­ter won five races in Syd­ney be­fore be­ing re­tired this year and Litt be­lieves Joe’s Joy can win plenty of races in time as well.

“She is a slow-ma­tur­ing horse but she is a lovely mare,” Litt said.

“She needs soft ground and prob­a­bly a bit more dis­tance un­til she will be a bit more com­pet­i­tive. “But she should run a nice race.” De­spite not be­ing con­fi­dent about the four-year-old’s chances in to­day’s Maiden Plate (1300m), Litt said Joe’s Joy has a fu­ture on the race­track.

“Po­ten­tially she is go­ing to be a very nice horse once she puts it al­to­gether,” he said.

“She is a very dour horse but she is tough and has that good­will like the fam­ily do.

“She per­forms a bit bet­ter on soft ground in track­work and she is a nice horse but she just needs plenty of time.”

Danny Wil­liams has la­belled Ar­rondisse­ment the pick of his team at his home track to­day.

“Ar­rondisse­ment looks the stand­out of them and she was very coura­geous the other day,” he said.

“I thought she was very much un­der­done and she had been com­ing off a bit of a cold and we had been easy on her.

“She has re­ally come on since the run and I think she has im­proved im­mensely.

“She steps up to 1300m, which will suit her, and the only con­cern is the wide gate. But we will leave that up to Ja­son (Col­lett). She should be very hard to beat.”

Wil­liams also made a strong case for Mis­ter Mar­malade in the Bench­mark 55 Hand­i­cap (2100m).

“At home on the track he has shown me he should be rac­ing in Satur­day class races and come race day he has just been so dis­ap­point­ing,” Wil­liams said.

“He steps up to 2100m, which is a real un­known, but he drops sig­nif­i­cantly in class and this is per­haps three to four lengths, maybe even more, weaker than he has run in the whole time I’ve had him.

“The big query is 2100m but pro­vided they go slow enough I don’t see it be­ing a prob­lem.”

Wil­liams also gave pun­ters an in­sight into the chances of first starters My Blue Jeans and High­way Six­tysix in race one.

“They are horses that have been very im­ma­ture and we have just taken our time with them,” he said.

“High­way Six­tysix has been a real hand­ful and she has wanted to buck all the time and do a lot wrong.

“She is a very big filly and she has taken a long time to grow into her­self and I’m not 100 per cent sure if I will run her (to­day).

“She is per­haps look­ing for 1300m to 1400m.

“I was a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed in (My Blue Jean’s) trial the other day and I was ex­pect­ing him to show a lot more speed than he did.

“But in say­ing that, he has found a nice race and I’m hop­ing he will be com­pet­i­tive.”

Pic­ture: Ti­mothy Clapin

War­wick Farm trainer Richard Litt with Song And Laugh­ter.

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