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The writing was on the wall with Joyful Luck pitting engines against Eduardo in the recent Sydney test and Josh Parr making the one run down to Melbourne.
Parr, the relief favorite for new trainer Mark Newnham, led the field in the straight over 1100m in the Myer Fashions Field Sprint at Bm 70 and showed a class up as he cruised to victory by 4-¼ lengths.
After seven starts under Tony Cruz, Joyful Fortune has just 81 points according to Timeform but will surely have more on the strength of his win over Group 3-placed Decent Rain, a distant second.
Stable representative Aaron Lau explained his reasons for arriving in Melbourne for Joyful Fortune’s Australian debut after the race.
His best form in Hong Kong was down the straight, his two wins were down the straight, so we thought we’d come here and give him every opportunity to perform like that,” said Lau.
This was Joyful Fortune’s first look at the rain-affected ground, having raced exclusively on hard surfaces in Hong Kong, and Lau was optimistic that the lightly raced six-year-old could improve on drier ground.
“He’s got a high cruising speed and a lot of action and he likes to jump off the pace… It was a bit of an unknown today, all his starts have been on good tracks so it’s good that he ticked that box today because it looks like the tracks are going to be wet for a while, Lau said.
When asked about the potential ability of the group class, jockey Josh Parr was coy but hopeful about the gelding.
He could get there, he definitely could get there. Baby steps at the moment because he’s been to Hong Kong and back, so today is a great result for us.”
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