No Joy in Chasing Second in Queen Of The Turf Stakes

April 1st, 2011

While punters have singled out More Joyous as the best bet on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill, opposition trainers are not so sure it is a foregone conclusion.

Graham Begg, who will saddle up Palacio de Cristal is one who believes More Joyous is not bulletproof.

“I have never had her better,” said Begg, speaking of Palacio de Cristal.

Palacio de Cristal ran an encouraging seventh in the Coolmore, where she was able to make up ground down the outside, despite having to handle a wet track, something she has been unable to do throughout her career.

“She has run well twice so far this time in but just found s deteriorating track last time, which didn’t help her cause, but she has trained on well since.” said Begg.

Begg also urged Gerald Ryan and Hugh Bowman to take on More Joyous in front, to try and ensure the super-mare doesn’t get it all her own way.

“I don’t think Melito is just going to sit back and let More Joyous just have it her own way.

“I don’t think Hugh Bowman is just going to sit back, I wouldn’t be surprised if some pressure came from Melito as she is rock hard fit,” said Begg.

If that scenario eventuates, Begg is hoping his charge Palacio de Cristal, will be hitting the finishing line hard, possibly ahead of More Joyous.

“She has trained on well but we are definitely looking for a dry track,” said Begg.

Meanwhile Melito’s trainer Gerald Ryan is another who believes More Joyous is beatable.

“I am not one to steer away from a fight but steering clear of More Joyous was on my mind.

“But after I looked at the field it is obvious the Queen of the Turf is more suitable for Melito,” said Ryan.

Palacio de Cristal ($17.00) will be ridden by Glen Boss, while Melito ($6.50) will again be partnered by Hugh Bowman.