The latest was at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on April 19 when he and her outstayed the rest to win the Aus$2,250,000 BMW Stakes over a mile and a half.
It was a stunning ride and a justified win as she has been the best stayer in Australia over the past six weeks.
Not even the heavy state of the track managed to damper her sprits, or his ride….and naturally it did not rain on their parade as the pair sailed through the mud to win easily in the end from ultra consistent New Zealand stayer Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago-Stoneyfell Road) and multiple group I winner Sirmione (Encosta de Lago-World Guide).
It was the fourth win for 4-year-old Tuesday Joy from just 17 starts but it has left her owner John Singleton with a dilemma.
“Do we stay in Australia and head toward the Melbourne Cup in November, a race we named her after, or do we take on the world in the (Grand Prix de l')Arc de Triomphe (Fr-i) in Paris later this year,” posed Singleton. “She seems up to anything and can go on rain effected turf or hard tracks. Plus, Darren rides her so well. In fact, he’s the best jockey in the world at the moment,” added Singleton.
The win, a dominant display after settling with cover in the first five throughout before changing gears upon straightening for the sprint home and racing away to win by over a length from NZ’s best mare, left Tuesday Joy with purse earnings of $2,675,000.
Her elated trainer Gai Waterhouse, who had one of those days as a trainer you just dream about, said: “What a wonderful feeling this is. Absolutely fabulous, she’s the most superb mare. She just finds the gears when she needs to and gives me goose bumps just watching her. I think that she can run anything over any distance and you better believe she is starting to shape up like another Makybe Diva.”
Those who love the big mare may well get to see her again before this Fall Carnival is over as Tuesday Joy may still yet contest the group I Queen Elizabeth Stakes (10 furlongs) – which is still on the agenda - at Randwick on May 3.
“That will give us a few weeks to decide her racing future,” said Singleton.
Runner up Princess Coup took her lifetime earnings to $2,615,740 from her 28 starts. She must be a total delight for her connections, who brought her to Australia 10 weeks back and have happily picked up big purse monies from all of her last six Aussie outings. Damien Oliver gave her every hope and she ran on gamely into second, just holding out her old sparring partner Sirmione who rattled home doggedly from the tail of the 11-horse field.
Those two have had personal duels now on seven occasions with the mare taking the lead 4-3 in head to head battles.
The overall time for the race was 2:35.81 secs and they ran home the final three furlongs in a swift :35.97 – which was fast considering the turf track was heavy after a week of constant rain in Sydney.
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