TAKARA TRUFFLE, ROCK N JOY, WIN AT TAMWORTH
The New South Wales arm of the Mark Jones/Aaron Goadsby stable scored a short-priced winning double at Tamworth on Wednesday with Rock N Joy and Takara Truffle.
Both delivered as $2.20 favourites, with NZ-bred Takara Truffle (1:52.8) became a $A100,000 winner with her 15th win from 30 starts.
The six-year-old American Ideal mare overcame a back row three draw to improve to trail over the final lap and held fellow ex-Kiwi Blue Blazer by 7.7 metres in a 1:57.6 rate for the 1980m.
Takara Truffle’s dam, the unraced Truffle (McArdle-Lesdale Rube), is a half-sister to Buzkil (four wins) and traces to the family of smart NZ mare Dryden Amanda (nine wins).
Takara Truffle was good enough to run fourth to Partyon iin the Group 3 J L Raith Memorial at three at Menangle, and sixth in Partyon’s NSW Oaks.
She has been twice a Group Three NSW winner of both the 2017 Harness Breeders NSW Go Girlfriend Series Final., and the 2017 $30,600 Baby Bling Stakes at Menangle in her career best 1:52.8 mile, when trained soley by Aaron Goadsby.
Rock N Joy furthered a consistent Australian formline on Wednesday.
Exported from NZ in April, the Rock N Roll Heaven-Joyfuljoy mare led from the four barrier for claiming junior, Mitch Chappie, in an up to rating 90 pace.
The five-year-old held by 4.2 metres in a 2:00.1 rate for the 1980m, holding over her last 800m in 60.1s and 400m in 30.4s.
She left NZ a winner of 22 starts for $20,245, but has doubled her earnings in six months in Australia.
Wednesday’s win was her fourth in 18 starts there, taking her career earnings to $A42,257.
She has a big going for her on her pedigree page, being the first and only foal to date foal from Joyfuljoy (1:51.6, 17 wins & $480,442), the former 2009 Harness Jewels 3YO and NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final winner when racing in NZ for the Allstars stables.
Joyfuljoy is a half-sister by Mach Three to the former speedy Cran Dalgety-trained filly Bettor Joy (1:50.8, US), who won $308,486 in NZ and has won another five in North America in 2019 for $US248,876.
Rock N Joy’s grand-dam Joyfulbelle (1:56.3) was another smart filly, winning eight and being placed 10 times from only 22 starts, for $58,798, for Southland trainer Clark Barron.