Friday, April 5, 2013

Anxious Singo has great faith in his queens of the turf

Tommy Berry with the Golden Slipper

Sydney's rising star Tom Berry will shoot for this season's golden double when he rides favourite Overreach in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

John Singleton finds it exciting having More Joyous and Dear Demi going into group 1 races, but says it will turn frightening before he gets to Rosehill on Saturday.

More Joyous will attempt to keep the Queen Of The Turf crown she has won for the past two years, while Dear Demi has the outside barrier to contend with in the Vinery Stud Stakes.

''It is exciting at the moment,'' Singleton said on Friday. ''You are full of hope. By the time it gets to 1pm on race day I will be a bit edgy. By then I would have worked out how every horse in both fields are going to beat us and get a bit down.

''But hopefully things go to plan and we will be celebrating by 3.20.''


Singleton has raced many horses throughout the years and knows that defeat is a more regular result than victory.

''Even in my best year I only won one in every four races and my usual strike rate [as an owner] is one in five,'' he said.

''That means 80 per cent of the time you are losing, so when you win, especially these group 1s, you have to make the most of it.''

Singleton believes More Joyous will have to be at her very best to continue her reign in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and is hopeful the first second of her career, behind Pierro in the Canterbury Stakes, isn't the start of a habit.

''I think all the form guys will tell you that this is the hardest edition of this race she has run in,'' he said.

''It is a quality field but hopefully Nash [Rawiller] can get her in the right spot and then go kaboom.

''I have never had a horse like her, she has won 21 races and 20 at stakes level. She has made a habit out of winning and you can't take that for granted.

''In fact, she hadn't run second in her life until last time, so I'm hoping she doesn't get into that habit.''

More Joyous is a $1.50 favourite for the Queen Of The Turf with only Coolmore Classic runner-up Red Tracer, which is unbeaten on wet tracks, the only other runner under double figures at $7.

VRC Oaks winner Dear Demi gets up to a trip she will be more suited at in the Vinery Stud Stakes after failing in the Coolmore Classic against the older mares last time.

She is third pick in betting at $5 behind the Bart Cummings-trained Norzita, which was third in the Coolmore beaten a breath, and New Zealand Derby winner Habibi.

''I think Bart's filly is pretty good and we have to come from barrier 15,'' Singleton said.

''That's why we have got Jim Cassidy [as jockey] because he can sort out those problems for us.

''If it was Randwick I wouldn't be that concerned about the draw but Rosehill is a bit different.

''Jimmy is going to have to … stay out of trouble.

''He still owes me a good ride from a couple of bad ones in the spring and it will hopefully come [on Saturday].''
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