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More Joyous wins Race Five the Rokk Ebony Futurity Stakes during Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse on February 26, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia

More Joyous: outstanding daughter of More Than Ready is out of 2003 AJC Oaks heroine Sunday Joy

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Saturday's Australian Group 1 round-up

Randwick: Ticketek All Aged Stakes (Group 1), 7f

ATLANTIC JEWEL (3 f Fastnet Rock - Regard by Zabeel)

Bred by G. J. Perry in Australia

FASTNET Rock sensation Atlantic Jewel extended her unbeaten run to seven for trainer Mark Kavanagh on Saturday when becoming the first filly in 70 years to take the ATC All Aged Stakes at Randwick.

Her success over Rain Affair, which follows that in the Group 1 Schweppes 1,000 Guineas last October, means that Fastnet Rock has sired the winners of nine Group 1 races in Australasia this season. It is a roll call that contains four individual Group 1 winners including another outstanding filly in Mosheen.


Fastnet Rock 26.02.05

Fastnet Rock: sire of the winners of nine Group 1 races this season

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Fastnet Rock is the sireof nine Group 1 winners in all and currently holds a strong lead over Redoute's Choice at the head of the leading Australian sires' list with the winners over A$9.7 million to his credit. The Group 1-winning son of Danehill stands northern hemipshere season at Coolmore in Ireland for a private fee.

Purchased for A$320,000 by Demi O'Byrne at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Atlantic Jewel is the first foal out of her winning dam Regard. The daughter of Zabeel is a granddaughter of the Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Pass The Peace, later the dam of champion two-year-old Embassy.

Randwick: Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes (Group 1), 2yo, 1m

PIERRO (2 c Lonhro - Miss Right Note by Daylami)

Bred by Darley in Australia

PIERRO, whose victory on Saturday saw him wrap up the Australian juvenile Triple Crown, is one of four Group 1 winners by Darley's reigning Australian champion sire Lonhro.

He is the second foal out of Miss Right Note, a minor winner in France and Australia. Although bred by Darley and the product of a Darley-based sire and mare, Pierro does not carry the colours of his breeder; he was sold for A$115,000 (£74,693/€90,515) to David Kobritz of Musk Hill Farm at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale (he was the most expensive of Darley's draft of 21) and resold for A$230,000 (£149,386/€181,031) to Waterhouse on behalf of Sydney owners Greg and Donna Kolivos at the following year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Lonhro's sire, Octagonal, has worked with this family before in the case of Miss Right Note's half-brother Laverock, who was the only Group 1 scorer sired by the stallion during his northern hemisphere seasons at Haras du Quesnay. They are out of Sky Song, a 1m4f winning Sadler's Wells daughter of Gerald Leigh's 1992 Radley Stakes winner Criquette, who is also the dam of 2009 Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Flying Cloud.

Champion Lonhro is set to stand the upcoming southern hemisphere season at Darley's Kelvinside base for A$110,000. He is currently standing his first northern hemisphere season at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $30,000.

Randwick: Tabcorp Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1), 1m2f

MORE JOYOUS (m More Than Ready - Sunday Joy by Sunday Silence)

Bred by Strawberry Hill Stud in New Zealand

MORE Than Ready's outstanding Australian daughter More Joyous added a third consecutive Group 1 to her record - and eighth in total - with a dominant victory under Nash Rawiller over Manighar in this event.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained mare is one of 11 Group 1 winners by Vinery's top Kentucky shuttler More Than Ready, a Grade 1-winning son of Southern Halo who will stand the southern hemisphere season for A$121,000. Other top-class winners by the sire include Golden Slipper Stakes scorers Sebring and Phelan Ready, and last year's American Grade 1-winning filly Buster's Ready.

Inbred 3x3 to Halo, More Joyous is the third and best foal out of Sunday Joy, who won the 2003 Group 1 AJC Oaks for Waterhouse. She is a half-sister to another top Waterhouse - Strawberry Hill runner in multiple Group 1 heroine Tuesday Joy.

Sunday Joy is back in foal to More Than Ready.

Randwick: Schweppes Sydney Cup (Group 1), 2m

NIWOT (g Galileo - Too Darn Hot by Noble Bijou)

Bred by A. Vrisakis, S. Flynn & MrsA. Flynn

AUSTRALIAN-bred Niwot became Galileo's 27th Group 1 scorer when a brave winner of the Sydney Cup by a neck from Efficient. The gelding is Galileo'ssecond Group 1 winner of 2012 following the brilliant South African filly Igugu.

The seven-year-old, bred when Galileo shuttled to Coolmore's Australian base, Niwot was purchased for A$200,000 by his trainer John Hawkes out of the Coolmore draft at the 2006 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

He is the best of five winners out of the recently deceased Too Darn Hot, a daughter of Noble Bijou (by Vaguely Noble) who has a yearling filly by Authorized and filly foal by New Approach to follow.





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