Joy­filly set for a Fu­ri­ous vic­tor y

The Sportsman Weekend - - Caulfield & Randwick - By SHAYNE O’CASS

TWO out­stand­ing bar­rier tri­als and some sharp lead-up work has re­cent Tul­loch Lodge ad­di­tion Joy­filly Ours set up to win to­mor­row’s Group 2 ATC Fu­ri­ous Stakes (1200m) at her first Aus­tralian ap­pear­ance.

A mere $10,000 year­ling pur­chase at Karaka in New Zealand, Joy­filly Ours won a Mata­mata Maiden 16-days be­fore run­ning third to Melody Belle in the Group 1 Sires’ Pro­duce at her fi­nal home town run.

“I was rapt with both of tri­als and her piece of track­work on Tuesday morn­ing on the course proper at Rand­wick was very strong,” Josh Parr said.

“Her first trial at Rand­wick re­ally good, her turn of foot was ex­cep­tional. At most re­cent trial, I was forced to sit a lit­tle bit a wide and I didn’t knock her around in the last bit see­ing as she had tough run through­out.

“New Zealand horses are bred tough and com­ing to a sta­ble like Gai Adrian’s, they cer­tainly go­ing to be well and truly up to the mark first-up. She def­i­nitely has form on the board and I am con­fi­dent in what I have felt from her so far.

“She will be able to race on the speed, whether that is in front or just with a nice trial I am not too sure just yet but have no doubt that she will be able to adapt to any­thing she’s asked do in a race. She’s a very sen­si­ble filly and has got good turn of foot to back up her early speed,” Parr added.

One of the big­gest stum­bling blocks for Joy­filly Ours and oth­ers to over­come in to­mor­row’s Fu­ri­ous is the Snitzel filly I Am Ex­cited who comes off an eye­catch­ing first-up fifth to Me­nari in the Rose­bud.

“She didn’t get a great deal of luck, so I am hop­ing the luck changes for her on week­end, Trainer David Pfi­ef­fer said.

“Corey (Brown) was pretty up­beat about her abil­i­ties and I have been re­ally happy with her work since. I think she’s im­proved in her fit­ness and three weeks be­tween runs is prob­a­bly go­ing to suit too.”

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