Joyfilly to continue career in Australia

By: Mark Nowell @MarkANowell

Talented juvenile Joyfilly has been sold to overseas interests and will do her future racing in Australia in the Waterhouse and Bott stable in Sydney.

Trained at Cambridge by Chris Wood, Joyfilly finished fifth on debut behind smart youngsters Aim Smart and subsequent Group One Sistema Stakes winner Summer Passage.

The daughter of Highly Recommended then finished a close second here at Te Rapa at the beginning of February to the Te Akau owned Gold Fever, beaten just under a length.

Joyfilly had to overcome a wide barrier when the two gifted fillies fought out the Group Two Matamata Breeders Stakes two weeks later, with Gold Fever getting a head victory.

Wood then send his charge to the same track the following month breaking maiden ranks by a length and half.

Joyfilly then lined in the Group One Manawatu Sires Produce a fortnight ago and fought on bravely for third to Melody Belle.

"She's a lovely filly with the greatest nature and she tries hard. It's sad to see her go, as she is quite untapped potentially," Wood said.

"I was looking forward to giving her six weeks in the paddock and seeing her develop into a top class filly."

"The new owners have got a bargain," Wood said.

Joyfilly raced for five times for the win and three placings earning over $53,000.

Murray Neal purchased the filly for $10,000 from the 2016 Karaka Festival Yearling Sale and raced her under his Bayline Trust banner in partnership with Wood.

It was the second promising youngster from Wood's stable sold to Sydney in the past few months after Dark Universe was purchased by clients of Chris Waller.

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