Somejoy still three weeks away


The $14,000 Equine Stakes at Central Southland Raceway on New Year's Eve is the next target for Somejoy, who has enjoyed a perfect start to her season.

It kicked off at Wyndham, when she paced 1:55.6 from the outside of the second line and credited Ellie Barron, daughter of the mare's co-owner and trainer Clark Barron, with her first raceday driving success.

Only five days later, Somejoy was up the island at Addington and winning the Macca Lodge 'trained south of the Waitaki' mobile pace in extraordinary circumstances.

From the inside of the second row, in the hands of Blair Orange, she was shuffled back on the inner and when trying to improve at the 900, checked by the breaking Pantastic.

After burning to get handy again and being shuffled five-wide from the 400, Somejoy had the audacity to keep going.

“She's had a bit of a freshener and is about due to start hoppling work,” said Barron.

“I've got nothing long term planned for her; she's eligible for the Southern Belle Speed series so I'll see how that evolves.

“If she continues to improve, well we'll just monitor that as we go.”

Somejoy by Somebeachsomewhere is the first foal of 2011 Southland Oaks winner Jumpforjoy.

 Malcolm and Sarndra Little paid $27,000 for her half-sister by Art Major at this year's premier sale.

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