September 10, 2009

On Saturday (approximately 1:40 a.m. EST here in the U.S.), the Aussies will get their first look at Singapore Triple Crown winner Jolie's Shinju when she runs in the 8f G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley. If you haven’t had a chance to watch this exciting 5-year-old mare in action, you won’t want to miss her campaign for the October 24 AUS-G1 Cox Plate.

Although Japanese-born and Singapore-raced, this daughter of G1 Donn victor Jolie’s Halo has deep blueblood American breeding. Out of the Danzig mare Endearing Quality, her third dam is 1967 US champion handicap mare Straight Deal, who finished third behind Damascus in the Aqueduct Handicap that year, as well as third behind track-record-setting Stupendous in the Whitney. She is a direct damline descendent of blue hen mare La Troienne, and closely related to successful sire Belong to Me, recent Jersey Derby winner Endymion, G1 Jim Dandy victor Scorpion, G1 QEII Challenge Cup winner Alwajeeha, G1 Delaware Handicap victress Adored, G1 King’s Bishop winner Commemorate, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles.

A sampling of her recent races will give you an idea of the impressive turn-of-foot Jolie’s Shinju displays, beginning with her May 31 victory in the SING-G1 Patron’s Bowl:

On June 21, she took out the SING-G2 Singapore Derby Trial, wire-to-wire:

Her July 12 SING-G1 Singapore Derby victory is most impressive, as she ran her last half faster than the first, while easily pulling away from the field:

* Special thanks to Sid Fernando for getting me hooked on this talented mare; you can read his excellent blog here.


sid fernando said...

It's gonna be a great test for her...i hear they have her carrying more condition than usual and not as razor sharp because the main goal is the Cox...the track at Moonee Valley should suit her front-running style though.

Valerie said...

I'd be happy with that performance (third to Whobegotyou and Mic Mac). I read that they didn't expect her to be totally ready, but she had the easy lead and still stayed on well when they came after her. Looked good!

Anne S said...


I was at the track yesterday for the race and saw Jolie's Shinju in the flesh - she's a lovely looking horse. I had her in a trifecta with Whobe and Mic Mac - was delighted to see her make third.

PS for some reason your Foolish Pleasure site does not display on my computer running XP, but does display on my lapotop running Vista. What type of application have you got running there, that stops loading the page?

Talking of Foolish Pleasure, I also had a suceesful bet on Nicconi.

Valerie said...

Hi Anne! Congratulations on your good betting at Moonee Valley! I'm in a horrible slump right now, so just taking a little break until the big Carnival races. Always bet the Foolish Pleasure/Scenic runners! :-)

Is the issue with my Foolish Pleasure site still occuring? I run Vista and I'm not having problems with it (although occasionally it sometimes does not load completely; I think it has to do with some of the widgets).

Oh, and I loved that Hot Danish won carrying the HUGE weight this past weekend. Have you ever seen her in person? I think she will be the subject of a future Fillies First Watch.

Anne S said...

Hi Valerie,

I have discovered that the problem with the Foolish Pleasure site relates to Internet Explorer 6. It comes up OK on Firefox.

I don't think Hot Danish has ever raced at Moonee Valley which is the only track I patronise as it's close to home. She has rarely raced in Melbourne being a Sydney trained mare.

Look forward to your feature on her.

sid fernando said...

Val, I have a post on the Indian filly Set Alight --- you probably want to include her on your fillies here.

She won a G1 Sunday against boys, but she's beaten them can search my blog for posts on her, plus search the two indian mags on my recent post for race record, which is 11 for 13.

She's expected to race at Meydan.

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