One To Watch - Pakenham

Mark Smith - Tuesday August 18

The optimistically named Best Ever is bred to be something a bit special and he made the perfect start to his career with a professional performance in a 1400m maiden on the Pakenham Park synthetic on Tuesday.

Royally-bred Best Ever makes a winning debut at Pakenham (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Luke Nolen for trainer Peter Moody, Best Ever rode the early speed set by Moving Day before safely holding the challenge of Queen Of Rocks (Fastnet Rock) by three-quarters of a length with the same distance back to Kumo Sun (Fighting Sun) in third.

Carrying the colours of his breeder John Singleton, Best Ever is a son of the 4-time Champion Sire Of Australia, Snitzel, out of Singleton’s 8-time Group 1 winner More Joyous (More Than Ready).

In a fabulous career that saw her win 21 of her 33 starts ( 8 G1, 9 GII, 1 GIII and 2 Listed) while banking over $4.5 million, More Joyous has earned the right to be courted by the best around.


first foal, Woman, was by the undefeated champion Frankel.

After making a winning career at Canterbury back in 2017, Woman only made three more appearances, placing at Pakenham and Sandown.

A failure at Sandown in April last year brought a premature end to her career and she visited Snitzel last spring.

More Joyous as most remember her in her heyday (Mark Smith)

The second foal of More Joyous is the Fastnet Rock gelding More Sundays who had just one win in five starts for Lindsay Park and has recently been transferred to Sam Kavanagh.

Best Ever is the third foal of More Joyous who has 2yo sister to Best Ever named Joyous Legend.

After missing to Fastnet Rock in 2018, More Joyous made her second trip to Europe where she was covered once again by Frankel.

The daughter of More Than Ready (USA) out of the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks heroine Sunday Joy (Sunday Silence) is due to foal in late October.



Race Result - Magic Millions Mdn Plate 1400m

Pakenham Synthetic Track: Synthetic Time: 1:28.24
Best Ever
T: P G Moody J: L Nolen 57
3c Snitzel (AUS) x More Joyous (NZ) (More Than Ready (USA))
Queen Of Rocks
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: W Pike 55
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Dowager Queen (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $410,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Lindsay Park Racing
Kumo Sun
T: P Stokes J: Michael Poy 57.5
4m Fighting Sun (AUS) x Web Of Love (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $45,000
V:Daisy Hill Breeding & Investments, Doreen
B: Wylie Dalziel Racing / P Moody
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $58,000
V:Shadowbrook Bloodstock, Cannons Creek
B: Diamond Park Breeding & Racing
Moving Day
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damien Thornton 57.5
4m Turffontein (AUS) x Carlie Rose (AUS) (Keltrice (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Mane Lodge, Sutton
B: Group 1 Bloodstock / Merricks Station
Lord Wonder
T: E Jusufovic J: M J Dee 59.5
4g Shocking (AUS) x Princess Wonder (AUS) (Desert Prince (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $39,000
V:Noorilim Park, Arcadia
B: E Jusufovic / G Mudgway
Miss Conspicuous
T: Michael Huglin J: Ben Allen 57.5
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x She's Pretentious (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Mick Huglin Racing
T: Shane Stockdale J: Thomas Stockdale 57.5
4m Equiano (FR) x Cait Colleen (AUS) (Carnegie (IRE))
Magic Kappy
T: I R Jones J: Dean Holland 57.5
4m Kaphero (AUS) x Riverina Magic (AUS) (Duke Of Marmalade (IRE))
Statue Of Dreams
T: M Croston & G Gilmour J: J Bowditch 57.5
4m Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Isle Of Dreams (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: Aaron Laing J: B Rawiller 59.5
4g Polanski (AUS) x Baby Nation (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
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