Little sister born as super mare wins 20 straight
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.”
Warwick Farm trainer Richard Litt with Song And Laughter.