Fresh from winning the Ted Ryder Cup at Wagga on Friday with Nieces and Nephews, the Canberra stable trained a winning quartet at the Sapphire Coast, with their day at the races including everything from a tantalising dead-heat, to helping young apprentice Teaghan Martin to her first career victory and winning double.
The day didn’t start well for the team though, with Barbara Joseph explaining that the stable was forced to scratch the highly fancied Manderboss from the first event that was eventually won by Brainzes for jockey Richard Bensley and trainer Aaron Clarke.
“We thought we would get three (winners) at the most but our main chance was scratched out of the first race,” Joseph said.
“He (Manderboss) kicked out of the walking machine that morning and wasn’t that just a disaster.”
“Still, they all stood up and we thought they would all run good races, but never in our wildest dreams did we think we would win four.”
Joseph, who has trained winning quartets at Canberra and Bombala, said she had gone close at the Sapphire Coast previously, and that she was happy to finally tick the track off her list.
“We have a had a treble there but nothing like that,” Joseph laughed.
“This year, we had the right horses for the program, and it worked out well.”
The team might have missed a golden opportunity in the first event on the seven-race-card, but Joseph, Jones and Jones hit the ground running in the second event when Super Helpful won the 1412m Class One Handicap.
Under the guidance of new stable jockey, Quayde Krogh, the three-year-old started the $3.30 second favourite and never looked like getting beat when running away for a 2.82 lengths victory.
The in-form stable then quinella’d the third event, the 1612m Benchmark 58 Handicap, with Teaghan Martin landing the first victory of her career when helping Nicholas ($4.20) to a 0.04 of a length victory from the Quayde Krogh-ridden In My Wallett ($3.90).
In the fourth event, the 1012m Maiden Plate, Song Cycle ($13) and Krogh fought back to finish level with Iconic Dame ($6.50) for Jamie Stewart and Kayla Nisbet.
The judge wasn’t able to separate the pair in what was a terrific finish, with a rare dead-heat declared, meaning connections were forced to share the spoils.
In a sign of the stable’s current form, in the fifth event, the 1012m Benchmark 58 Handicap, Farage (Krogh) finished third to Millime (Scott Collings and Jordan Mallyon) before the sixth event, the 1212m Class Two Handicap, where Irish Dancer (Krogh) ran a good second to Crackalacka (Theresa Bateup and Brock Ryan).
In what was a fitting end to the meeting, the last event was the 1212m Maiden Handicap, and Martin scored the second victory of her career and her maiden winning double when guiding Darn Shame ($13) to victory.
Joseph praised the efforts of Martin, who only returned to the saddle earlier this month following a three-month suspension.
“She rode really well,” Joseph said.
“It was a great result after getting put out for three months, and since coming back, she is a different girl and is riding a lot better.”
The veteran trainer was also full of praise for newly acquired stable jockey Quayde Krogh, who is no doubt the form hoop in the South East at the moment.
“Ever since he’s got here, he has hit the ground running,” Joseph said.
“Him and his fiancé Vanessa (Grant) are doing the track work, and they are working well together and adding their bits here and there on the horses training programs with the boys helping them, which is great.”
Joseph, Jones and Jones will hope their South East success continues on Monday when venturing to Moruya for the club’s annual Moruya Cup Showcase meeting.
The stable has Roman nominated for the cup while the likes of Farage, Marc, Mr Aloysius, Sacred Spice and Singing Dixie are also entered.
For full Sapphire Coast results, readers can click here.