Gai to welcome Joyfilly

Joyfilly (Mark Hills), pictured scoring a convincing win at Matamata, will soon begin a new chapter in her career.

Joyfilly (Mark Hills), pictured scoring a convincing win at Matamata, will soon begin a new chapter in her career.

Youthful Group One performer Joyfilly has been sold to clients of a leading Sydney stable.

The Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes placegetter leaves for Australia later this month to do her future racing for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

“She’s still here and she’ll be on a plane on April 24,” said Cambridge trainer Chris Wood, who also shared in the ownership of the youngster.

“She only had the five starts so she was lightly-tried and she did a great job.”

A daughter of the first season sire Highly Recommended, Joyfilly was a trial winner before she ran fifth on debut and finished second at Te Rapa behind Gold Fever.

She was again runner-up to the Te Akau representative in the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes and she then opened her winning account in dominant fashion at Matamata.

Joyfilly’s final appearance was in the Group One feature at Awapuni where she was a game third behind the Karaka Million winner Melody Belle.

“All the form around her has been very good right from her first start,” said Wood.

Wood’s immediate attention will now focus on Pacorus, who steps out in Saturday’s Listed Winning Edge Presentations Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup.

“He’s very well and I’m happy. I just hope they get the rain there,” he said.

Pacorus will drop back in class at Hastings after a last-start fifth in the Gr.2 Awapuni Gold Cup.

Meanwhile, stablemate Roc de Bank is closing in on a return to racing and Wood is hoping his recent Avondale trial winner can add to his record of four wins from 16 appearances at short notice.

“He’s been a bit weak, but he has strengthened up and we’ll press on and hopefully get a bit more out of him,” said Wood.

NZ Racing Desk.