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Happy Hannah Oaks Bound

Thursday, 10th March 2016

Trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed that the Australian Oaks is the primary autumn target for highly promising filly Happy Hannah following her impressive win at Warwick Farm yesterday. The beautifully bred More Than Ready filly took her record to 2 wins from 4 starts when finishing powerfully to score by 1.3-lengths in the benchmark 67 All Too Hard Handicap over 1600m. "She settles really well and has a great turn of foot," Snowden told Sky racing. "She's bred to be good and I feel very privileged to have a horse of her quality." He added: "She is very much untapped and I think there is a lot more to come from her." When asked if the $1 million Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 9 April was Happy Hannah's main goal this preparation, Snowden answered, "I hope so." Bred by owner John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, Happy Hannah is out of the Zabeel mare Absolute Joy who displayed talent in a 16-start career including a fourth place finish in the 2010 Queensland Oaks. Happy Hannah is bred to be a classic contender being a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian stud book and includes the likes of More Joyous, Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy, Thorn Park, Light Up The World, Euphoria, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway.

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