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Girl Tuesday wows J-Mac

3 min read

By Bren O'Brien

James McDonald has ridden champion horses all over the world but even he was impressed by what Girl Tuesday (Street Cry {Ire}) did on her step-up to city class racing at Rosehill on Wednesday.

At just her third start, the daughter of four-time Group 1 winner Tuesday Joy (Carnegie {Ire}) made it three from three in a Benchmark 76 race, racing away to win by 3.3l.

While the win was visually impressive, with McDonald sitting her back along the rail before coming with a surging run over the final 300m, it was the reaction of the jockey post race which gave the best indication of what class he feels the 4-year-old is in.

"She's a top mare in the making. She’ll definitely go through the grades in the autumn," McDonald said. "She's got so much furnishing to do, she's so raw. She's got so much ability. She's a Group horse for sure."

Trainer Chris Waller has been patient with Girl Tuesday, with her debut coming early in her 4-year-old season at Newcastle last month. She impressed over 1400m that day and then stepped up to a Class 2 at Newcastle on September 14 where she also won with ease.

"She's got so much ability. She's a Group horse for sure." - James McDonald on Tuesday Joy

On Wednesday, on a soft Rosehill track over 1500m, she toyed with her rivals

"She got through that ground ok and it shows her class. She's a big improver," McDonald said. "She's very special and she can do anything at this stage in these type of fields. But when she steps up, she’ll step up with them. She's very good."

Waller's racing manager Charlie Duckworth praised the horse's owner John Singleton for persisting with Girl Tuesday despite the delayed start to her career.

"I guess John Singleton is more known for his two or three-year olds and he's had to wait for her, but I'm glad she's made the wait worth while for him because he's had to be very patient," he said.

"She hasn’t been the most straight forward horse. She's got to her four-year-old year and has only just had three starts, but she's won every start and hopefully she can continue."

"I'm glad she's made the wait worth while for him because he's had to be very patient," - Charlie Duckworth

"She's obviously a little green, she wandered around a bit and she'll improve again."

Her next destination is not clear but the team is likely to target top-class races in the autumn with the regally-bred mare.

Girl Tuesday is the fourth foal to race from Tuesday Joy, with all of them winners. Tuesday Joy (NZ) won Group 1 races from 1500m to 2400m and is a half sister to Sunday Joy (Sunday Silence {USA}) who was an ATC Oaks winner and produced the champion mare More Joyous (More Than Ready {USA}).

Tuesday Joy winning the 2008 G1 Ranvet Stakes