Hopes high for Frankel barrier trial runner
More Joyous: dam of Frankel's first racetrack starter in Australia
PICTURE: Getty Images High hopes for Frankel trial runner at Randwick By Tom Harris 3:10PM 7 JAN 2017
FRANKEL is set to reach another another milestone in the coming days as the first of his southern hemisphere two-year-olds is slated to set foot on a track.
The strikingly named Woman, a two-year-old chestnut filly by the undefeated dual world champion, will race in Trial 3 at 8.45am AEDT at Randwick in Sydney on Monday.
For those who are not well versed in Australian racing, a barrier trial is a televised training race. They are similar to schooling bumpers used by National Hunt trainers, but with the difference that horses in New South Wales must trial to be eligible to race.
Gai Waterhouse, who with co-trainer Adrian Bott is overseeing the career of Woman, reported: "Woman is a beautiful filly. She has size, scope and good bone for her massive frame.
"Adrian and I think she will trial extremely well on Monday at Randwick and I believe Frankel is sure to make an impact in the southern hemisphere."
Waterhouse also trained More Joyous. She was a Group 2 winner at two before reeling off Group 1 wins at three, four and five over distances from 7f to 1m2f.
More Joyous's cv includes victories in the Doncaster Handicap, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and back-to-back runnings of the Queen of the Turf Stakes.
Waterhouse's association with the family goes deeper into the pedigree as she also trained Woman's second dam, Sunday Joy. The daughter of Sunday Silence was bought by Waterhouse as a yearling for A$1 million before winning the Australian Oaks.
Woman's third dam Joie Denise, by Danehill, also has an Oaks to her name thanks to her success in The Queensland Oaks Group 1. In that race she defeated future champion broodmare and the granddam of Highland Reel, Circles Of Gold, into second.
Joie Denise not only produced Sunday Joy but also Australian champion four-year-old filly Tuesday Joy. Tuesday Joy won four Group 1s, was placed in an Australian Derby and, if you hadn't guessed it already, was also trained by Waterhouse.
That formidable pedigree, so well understood by Waterhouse, combined with Woman's imposing physique should lead to a strong showing from the filly on Monday.
To add to this, Waterhouse has a reputation for liking her horses to be put under more pressure in their trials compared to other trainers.
You can watch Frankel's latest flag bearer live at 9.45pm (GMT) on Sunday on Racing New South Wales (www.racingnsw.com.au).