Bega Cup three-peat for Joseph-Jones team

The Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones team were all smiles after Manderboss delivered connections their third straight Bega Cup success on Sunday. Photo: Joseph Jones Racing.

The Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones team created Bega Cup history at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Sunday when winning the race for a third year on the trot. 

The stable won the race in 2021 with Mercurial Lad (Patrick Scorse, $31) and again in 2022 with Room Number (Quayde Krogh, $4.80).

Stable jockey Quayde Krogh was again in the saddle on Sunday, this time guiding the well-supported Manderboss ($2.25) to victory in the $80,000 event when beating the John O’Shea-trained This’llbetheone (Alysha Collett, $5.50) by 0.73 of a length, while in third was the Theresa Bateup-trained Divine Breath (Jeff Taylor, $9). 

Krogh rode the race-favourite quietly in the early stages of the 1600m event, and after finding some space and going to the outside, the pair pulled away for a good win. 

Connections were understandably thrilled with the victory, with both Paul and Matt Jones both visibly emotional when interviewed by Sky Racing’s Chynna Marston after the race. 

“We’ve set him up for this race for a little while now,” Matt Jones said to Marston.

“We’re just so excited and thank you to the team; I’m quite emotional, I don’t know why – three in a row, it’s hard to do.”

The Vadamos gelding let down strongly in the Sapphire Coast straight, and Jones said he was always hopeful Krogh had enough horse under him to get the job done. 

“I was probably confident when he pushed up in behind them and thought he (Krogh) hadn’t gone for him yet,” Matt Jones said. 

“He was travelling well, and once he got to the outside, not many horses can outsprint him because he’s a marvel to work; you know how good he is going, and it’s just great and unreal.”

Matt thanked their hard-working team and in particular Krogh’s partner, Vanessa Grant, who shares a special connection with the four-year-old. 

“Really, thanks to all the team back at Canberra looking after them,” Matt said. 

“Thanks to the staff; Vanessa, she does all the work with this horse and loves him to death, and I think she would marry him (instead of Quayde) if she had the chance.”

The Canberra stable enjoyed yet another terrific Bega Cup two-day carnival, with Merc (Molly Bourke, $4.80) winning the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap and Louie’s Legacy (Quayde Krogh, $7) taking out the 1400m Class One Handicap on Saturday.

On Sunday, Zelago (Quayde Krogh, $5.50) won the 1000m Benchmark 58 Handicap, and with Manderboss emerging victorious in the Bega Cup, the stable secured back-to-back winning doubles at the Sapphire Coast.

“Thanks to everyone, and the owners for all the support; we backed this carnival with a lot of horses and it’s so good to get the results for the owners,” Matt Jones said. 

In other feature races over the Bega Cup carnival, the $50,000 Bega Showcase Sprint was won by the Fabian Azzopardi-trained Look Only (Richard Bensley, $9), while the Jackson Pallot-trained Flying Basil (Olivia Chambers, $6) won the $50,000 Sapphire Coast Cup over the 2200m journey.

For Saturday’s results click here and for Sunday’s results click here