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By Graham Potter | Friday, May 27, 2022

The David Vandyke trained Joy Too All ($1.95) made it three wins in a row when he outgunned Holiday Dreams ($4) in the final chase to the line in a Class 4 Handicap over 1100m at the Sunshine Coast on May 27.

When a spate of race-meetings being transferred to the Sunshine Coast Poly Track, this was Joy To All’s first sortie on that racing surface under race conditions, but the challenge held no fears for the daughter of All Too Hard who came home under the usual well-judged ride from Ryan Maloney.

Jot To All landed midfield at the break as the second favourite Holiday Dreams stretched out early from the widest barrier and crossed to take up the running by a two-and-a-half lengths and he took the field down the back stretch and all the way through the sweep to the home turn.

Maloney had been content to bide his time on Joy Too All during this phase of the race, keeping Joy Too All some four lengths off the leader, holding a rails run.
Joy Too All hugged the rail, saving ground, on the turn, but he was still two to three lengths adrift of Holiday dreams on straightening with the leader still running on nicely.

It became a slow but steady chase for Joy Too All and he had to shift out marginally to take aim at a gap between Holiday Dreams and Vistabelle ($18), who was putting in a challenge down the centre of the track.

With 150m left to run Holiday Dreams’ advantage was down to a length. At the 100m mark the long-time leader only had half a length to spare on Joy Too All, who had now picked up his momentum, to the degree that the Vandyke trained runner already had the race comfortably in his keeping with 75m left to run.

The official winning margin was 0.40 lengths.

Patience and good judgement on the part of Maloney … and the willingness of Joy Too All to put in a stout effort first-up … he did face a challenge in the home straight … had paid off handsomely.

Joy Too All had been away from race action for six-and-a-half months, but he simply continued from where he had left off to claim a third successive win which now means he is unbeaten since the first win of that sequence back on June 13, 2021.

Overall, the five-year-old boasts a superb record of five wins from seven starts with one runner-up finish. Her only unplaced run came in her debut outing.

With a spate of meetings being transferred to the Poly Track because of the rainfall situation in South East Queensland over this period of time, the synthetic surface at the Vandyke stables home base at the Sunshine Coast has allowed the stable to continue its run of winners … with Joy To All being their fourth successive winner on the Poly Track surface (after Cudyado, Sneak Preview and Sacred Stream)with all of those wins coming in a twelve day blitz.

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