‘Governess of Gundagai’ reigns supreme over Snake Gully Cup carnival

Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones create history winning Gundagai’s feature-racedouble

The ‘Governess of Gundagai’ Barbara Joseph, along with her sons Paul and Matt Jones won the Snake Gully Cup with Super Helpful and the Hair of the Dog Cup with Nieces and Nephews.

Barbara Joseph, along with her sons Paul and Matt Jones, reaffirmed their status as one of the best training partnerships in NSW on Friday and Saturday, winning both the Snake Gully Cup and Hair of the Dog Cup at Gundagai Adelong Race Club.

On Friday, Super Helpful dug deep to win the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup for connections. 

Ridden by Quayde Krogh, the Super One gelding began quickly from gate five, and eventually proved too strong to the line for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Mensa Missile in second and the Gary Colvin-trained Another One in third. 

On Saturday, the Canberra trio created Snake Gully Cup carnival history, becoming the first trainer/s to win the feature-race double.

This time it was Molly Bourke getting the job done in the Hair of the Dog Cup, with the apprentice jockey guiding the well-supported Nieces and Nephews to victory in the $34,000 feature, beating home the Ben Blay-trained Northing’s Sacred in second and the Doug Gorrel-trained Would Be King in third.

Matt Jones was on hand with his mother following their history-making victory, and he was very proud of the stable’s achievements.  

“We call her the Baroness of Bombala, but we may have to start calling her the Governess of Gundagai now,” Matt Jones joked laughed. 

“It’s been a great carnival, and this win is great for our hard-working staff, and it was a great ride by Molly.”

Bred by the Joseph and Jones team, Nieces and Nephews has turned into a great little earner for connections, starting 41 times for 7 wins and 13 placings, winning a little under $200,000 in the process. 

“He is one of those horses you want to take to the trenches with you; he is tough, he never gives up, he always carries a lot of weight, and he is a beautiful horse to take to the races,” Jones said. 

In total, the Joseph and Jones team started four runners across the two-day carnival, preparing two winners and two third placings. 

“We love coming to Gundagai; it is one of the feature carnivals we always aim our horses for, and we always seem to have success here, and we don’t know if it’s the track or the nice people, but we want to thank the club for putting on the carnival and letting us race,” Jones said. 

Joseph was tickled pink to train both cup winners, and she was especially happy to have her family win the Hair of the Dog Cup. 

“It’s great to win a double and it’s the first time it’s happened, which is wonderful,” Joseph said. 

“It’s also great that this horse is called Nieces and Nephews, because all the owners are 17 of my nieces and nephews, and they all pay me $20 a week, and some of them miss, but most of them pay and it’s been great to have them involved,” Joseph laughed. 

“We want to thank Gundagai; It’s been a great way to end what has been a terrific carnival.”

Snake Gully Cup meeting results – Click here

Hair of the Dog Cup meeting results – Click here