Terrific debut win for Evening Joy at Geelong

May 28, 2013

Caulfield trainer Colin Little has taken a shine to the stock of Darley stallion Bernardini but two-year-old filly Evening Joy justified the trainer’s faith with her strong debut win on the Geelong Synthetic track.

Little has two of Bernardini’s stock, Evening Joy and the city-placed Lyndhurst, but the astute horseman was confident he has the formula to getting the best out of the US-bred stallion’s progeny.

“I have a couple of Bernardinis. They do need ground,” Little said.  “They all have to learn to relax and not take it too seriously.”

Little took Evening Joy to the Geelong Synthetic circuit to make her debut after withdrawing the filly from a race at Sandown on May 22 because of a heavy track.

The trainer decided to run the youngster in the Pro Ride Racing Maiden Plate over 1000 metres rather than a scheduled barrier trial at Cranbourne 24 hours earlier but the move paid the ultimate dividend.

Evening Joy settled at the tail of the field for jockey Michelle Payne before striding home strongly down the centre of the track to score a convincing one-length win at her first attempt.

Little said he thought the $75,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase would race handier than she did but winning the $15,000 contest in the manner she did would help educate her for longer races.

“I thought she’d be a bit closer but she managed to settle and finish over the top of them,” Little said. “This filly does have a bit of a hot temperament so we wanted to teach her to relax and finish off.

“She can get a bit warm but she’ll be better when she learns to relax.”

Evening Joy is bred to get out over more ground as the filly hails from the same family as multiple Group 1 winner Gold Guru (Geiger Counter – Proud Halo, by Don’t Say Halo) and Group 2 performer Gallant Guru (Montjeu - Proud Halo, by Don’t Say Halo).

Congratulations to Evening Joy’s owners - Glenferrie Farm.


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