Joy for Cameron this time

Infinite Joy (Shaun McKay) clear halfway down the home straight. It got close in the end but she lasted.

Infinite Joy (Shaun McKay) clear halfway down the home straight. It got close in the end but she lasted.

Cambridge horsewoman Catherine Cameron was quick to take the blame for the lapse in form by her charge Infinite Joy between her two wins.

Infinite Joy, a four-year-old daughter of Darci Brahma, cleared maiden ranks at Te Rapa on October 24 then finished second-last in two starts at Ellerslie before recapturing her best form with a narrow victory at Tauranga yesterday.

“I probably shouldn’t have lined her up at Ellerslie in those tough fields from out wide,” Cameron reflected.

After three lead-up placings, Infinite Joy showed promise in her maiden one-length win over 1600 metres, despite drawing the outside barrier. But she found it much tougher coping with the outside draws in her next two starts.

On the first of those occasions in Rating 65 company she was trapped wide handy to the pace before dropping out, then back at Ellerslie three and a half weeks later she settled in the rear and stayed there, unable to make ground on the leaders.

Yesterday it was a different story as from barrier 10 she soon worked across to lead and was rated nicely in front by Shaun McKay, who had also been aboard in her maiden win.

She was pressured in front by Gumboots and De Kensington Oval across the top stretch, but McKay didn’t panic. He asked her to accelerate on rounding the home turn and she soon put a break on the rivals.

Bear came at her strongly inside the final 150 metres, but Infinite Joy did enough to hold on by a half-head.

“The idea was to ride her positive and put her in it because if you drop her out she switches off, which doesn’t do you any favours on these tracks with the rail out,” said Cameron.

With a record of two wins and three placings from nine starts, Infinite Joy is providing a lot of excitement for her group of owners, including Cameron.

“She’s a very honest mare. I’ve always liked her,” said Cameron. “I think she’ll go on and go a bit further, too.”