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15/04/02 High Priced Joie Doing the Job at Stud
At the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in 1989 a filly who would be later named Joie de Vivre hit the headlines when she was sold for a then filly record price of $1.25 million. The record stood until earlier this month when Stratheden Stud’s Danehill-Sommes Sound filly was knocked down for $1.5 million.

A daughter of the champion racehorse Denise’s Joy, who is the dam of Group One winner Joie Denise, Joie de Vivre was expected to be one of the highlights of her catalogue.

Joining the stables of Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings Joie De Vivre, a daughter of the former brilliant sprinter and leading sire Vain, made her much anticipated racecourse debut at the New South Wales provincial track of Gosford and she displayed a lack of potential to finish out of a place.

While it was quickly realised she wasn’t going to make a name for herself on the track like she did in the sales ring, Joie de Vivre was immediately retired to stud.

Her potential as a top class broodmare was uncovered quickly when she produced the champion South African galloper Joie de Grise. A filly be Kenmare, Joie de Grise's best win came in the Group One South African Fillies Sprint at Scottsville. To prove that win was no fluke she did it again! She is the winner of four other stakes races - three at Group level.

Most broodmare owners would be content with one of the members of their "band" producing one good class performer. Joie de Vivre, however is no one horse wonder.

When the champion qualities of Danehill were given their chance to work wonders with Joie de Vivre there’s no surprise the result foal, now a three-year-old, would be well above average.

The colt, who has since been gelded, is a member of the powerful Gai Waterhouse stable in Sydney and is racing under the name of Arlington Road.

On Saturday Arlington Road further enhanced his already impressive record when he led throughout and cleared away for a dazzling win in the Frank Packer Plate over 2000 metres on a triple Group One raceday at Randwick.

Most most of the attention at the premier Sydney track was focussed on the big races won by Victory Vein, Henderson Bay and Defier respectively, it was hard not to notice the win of Arlington Road.

Joie de Vivre, who is now owned by high profile businessman Gerry Harvey, has been represented by four runners, and all four are winners. Apart from Joie de Grise and Arlington Road she is also the dam of Taksin and Joie d'Autumn.

The daughter of Vain is currently in foal to the former champion racehorse cum sensation sire Octagonal. Unfortunately she missed to Flying Spur in the previous breeding season.

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