Deedra has good blood

BLUE-blooded mare Deedra might never reach the heights of her famous siblings but the Gai Waterhouse stable believes she can develop into a handy stayer in her own right.

By top sire Zabeel out of grand producing mare Joie Denise, Deedra is a half-sister to Group One winners Sunday Joy and Tuesday Joy.

The rising five-year-old will have her second start for Waterhouse in the Bronte Hcp (1800m) at Randwick's Kensington track today.

She began her career in Sydney with Clarry Conners before being transferred to John Sadler in Melbourne and finally to Waterhouse when former part-owner Lloyd Williams sold his share.

“She came to us and resumed over 1550 metres and it was a great effort to run second over that trip first-up,” said Waterhouse's racing manager Robyn Hartney.

“The horse who beat her, Bellevent, had had about four runs and just had the fitness edge on the day.

“Deedra looked big in the yard that day and she'll improve out of sight.

“The step up to 1800 metres should really help her too.”

Deedra has raced just six times for two wins and three placings, with her victories coming at country venues in Victoria at the end of last year.

While Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy were both Group One winners in their respective three-year-old seasons, Deedra has taken time to mature.

She might not have the same raw talent but Hartney believes she can develop into a handy galloper over more ground. “...she is very strong and she keeps batting away,” he said.