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Tuesday Joy Travelling Well

Aptly-named Melbourne Cup 2009 contender Tuesday Joy has been put through her paces at Randwick ahead of her spring campaign.

Owned by John Singleton, the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare has missed the past two Melbourne Cups due to the equine influenza outbreak in 2007 and a bleeding attack in a lead-up race last year.

She won the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes in the autumn before finishing out of the placings in the Dubai Duty Free.

With Nash Rawiller aboard on Saturday, Tuesday Joy galloped with Metropolitan Handicap hopeful Common Objective, winning the workout comfortably.

“At the 300 (metres) she changed legs just like in a race and then put in the big strides,” Rawiller said.

“I couldn’t have been happier with her.”

Tuesday Joy is due to run in a barrier trial next Friday at Wyong, closer to her owner’s Central Coast property.

Waterhouse said her first race would be the Theo Marks Stakes on September 12 followed by the George Main Stakes on September 26 before she heads to Melbourne.

A few minutes before the gallop, Rawiller and Waterhouse combined to win the McGovern Pope Handicap (1200m) with Gigas.

The filly had three starts for two placings as a late two-year-old and had originally been slated for a spell.

But Waterhouse decided she was working too well and brought her back from 1300 metres and removed the blinkers, something that perplexed her bookmaker husband Rob.

“My better half questioned me when I told him the plan,” Waterhouse said.

“He said it was unusual but I told him I’m unusual.

“I didn’t think she’d trained off and it was a good win.”

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Two more of the stable’s potential spring stars, Theseo and Strategic Manoeuvre, are a little behind in their preparations but Waterhouse is unconcerned.

“I’ve got two horses with sore feet but I’m sure I can get them right,” she said.

“Theseo is doing a lot of swimming, he’s doing 20 laps a day and thinks he’s Ian Thorpe.

“Once I get him right he’ll be right.

“But if I don’t get him right in time then he will be put away for the autumn.”

The winner of three Group One races during the last season, Theseo is among the leading contenders to be named Horse of the Year later this month.

Article by Caryl Williamson Aapracing

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