There have been few better and more consistent families for quality in modern times that that established by the late Tommy Smith's great race filly Denise's Joy 30 years ago.

The honour role of her major winning descendants was added to when Tuesday Joy, having only her seventh outing and recording her first win, comfortably took out the $302,000 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Acclaimed as a certainty beaten when fourth in the Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 7 and second in the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill Gardens two weeks earlier, this budding champion is trained by Gai Waterhouse for her breeder, John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, Mt White,NSW.

She is by Carnegie, a Sadler's Wells Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner shuttling to the Darley Stud in the Hunter Valley, and from Joie Denise, a Queensland Oaks winner got by Danehill from Denise's Joy, herself winner of 13 races including the VRC Oaks, QTC Oaks, WATC Australian Derby, VRC Turnbull Stakes, MRC Underwood Stakes and MVRC Moonee Valley Stakes,

The 23rd stakes winner descending from Denise's Joy with the others including eight who have been successful in Group1 races. and highly fancied to join this elite group by annexing this week's Victorian Oaks, Tuesday Joy is to start with a half-sister to the Australian bred Sunday Silence AJC Oaks winner Sunday Joy.

Their dam is a half-sister to the second dam of another Danehill Queensland Oaks winner, Miss Danehill, and also to Pentastic, a dual Group 2 winner and placegetter in eight Group1s, including the Brisbane Cup, Doomben Cup and AJC and VRC Derbys.

Joie Denise is also a half-sister to two mares, Joie de Vivre and Joy and Fun, who did nothing on the racetrack but who have added more quality to the family as producers. Joie de Vivre is the dam of Joie de Grise (an Australian bred South African sprint star) and Arlington Road (Danehill AJC All-Aged Stakes winner) and Joy and Fun has produced Euphoria (won the AJC Champagne Stakes) and Christmas Spirit, a dam of nine winners headed by the Rory's Jester filly Light Up The World (eight wins including the AJC Challenge Stakes, STC Queen of the Turf Stakes and Premiere Stakes).

Light Up The World has gone on to be the dam of World Peace (a Danehill filly who won the MRC Blue Diamond Preview and finished third in the Group1 Blue Diamond Stakes) and other daughters of Christmas Spirit have produced Thorn Park (won the QTC Stradbroke Handicap, AJC Hobartville Stakes and STC Premiere Stakes) and Bentley Biscuit (successful in nine races to date and third in the AJC Doncaster Handicap).

The magic of the Denise's Joy family could also be transmitted on by a sire descendant, namely the Danehill product Conatus, a brother to World Peace. Raced by a syndicate including his breeder, Gerry Harvey of the Baramul Stud, Widden Valley and standing by arrangement with them at Heather Pascoe's Plaintree Farms Stud near Toowoomba, he also looked a good stakes prospect but his career was curtailed by problems. He still won four races including events in Sydney at 1000 and 1100m.

Conatus has a good opportunity to make an impact as a sire, looking after 83 mares in his first season in 2004, including about 30 from Baramul, and 109 last year. His yearlings at 2007 sales could be good investments.

PICS - Quentin Lang.
Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service Published 09/11/06