Krogh reigns supreme as Country Cup king of the south

Quayde Krogh, pictured here on Country Cup champion Nieces and Nephews, has been in red-hot form.
Image – Bradley Photos.

Quayde Krogh might have to start wearing a crown to the races, with the Canberra-based jockey fast becoming the Country Cup king of the south.

Since arriving in Canberra in late 2021, the mantlepiece has been spilling over, with Krogh frequenting many showcase meetings and enjoying much success in feature races.

Recently, there’s been no stopping the 32-year-old, who guided the Nick Olive-trained Invincible Dash to victory in the Queanbeyan Cup in late October.

In December, Krogh collected three more trophies, winning the Cooma Cup and Goulburn’s Fred Cooper Cup on the Barbara Jones, Paul and Matt Jones-trained Nieces and Nephews before guiding the Matthew Dale-trained Kiptanui to a good win in Wagga’s Ted Ryder Cup.

Kicking off 2024 in style, Krogh was back at Gundagai on Monday, winning the Adelong Cup aboard the Michael Travers-trained Diamond Carat. 

“It’s always good to win a Country Cup,” Krogh told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“Country racing is definitely the grassroots, and to be able to win those features is great, and generally, the horses that win those races go places, and it’s nice to be able to reunite with them and have that association. 

“You just have to look at Kiptanui; I jumped back on him at Wagga, and we had previously won the Narrandera Cup, and Nieces and Nephews has been a good old Country Cups horse, and he’s strung three together on the trot and is racing as well as ever.”  

Krogh hopes his New Year’s Day win on Diamond Carat has set him up for a bigger and better 2024. 

“She went really well,” Krogh said. 

“I was supposed to ride her in a Highway back in October before she got injured en route to the track. 

“She had been off the boil since then, and it was good to see her put in such a good, positive run.

“Plus, it’s always nice to start the year with a win, especially a County Cup win.

“I had a bit of a slow patch there, but I changed a few things up with how I was preparing, and since November, it’s been good.”

The in-form jockey, who commenced his career in Queensland, spent his time in Brisbane and Sydney, learning from the likes of Todd Austin, Jamie McConachy, Chris Munce, and Gai Waterhouse.

Krogh was a highly regarded trackwork rider in Sydney, but he yearned for something more, and he eventually made the move to the Barbara Joseph, Paul, and Matt Jones team in late 2021.

Since then, he’s ridden over 90 winners – including 50 for the Joseph Jones Racing team – and the talented jockey is still loving life in the nation’s capital.

“I love it here and haven’t even thought about relocation or anything,” Krogh said. 

“It’s always a bit easier when you are riding winners, but I love the environment here, and the racing is good. 

“Plus, this is my favourite time of year, starting with the Moruya meeting next week, then the Bega and Canberra carnivals through to Wagga.”

Krogh will look to add another trophy to the cabinet on Monday when riding the Joseph Jones Racing-trained Zouatica in the $75,000 Moruya Cup (1425m). 

“He is a very progressive horse,” Krogh said. 

“He’s obviously coming off some impressive runs in town and Highways, and I think the race will suit him, and he should be very competitive. 

“He is a big free-running horse, and the plan will be to get out in front and make every post a winner.”

Krogh has a good book of rides at Moruya, and he will again ride for the Joseph-Jones team when jumping aboard Zelago in the Moruya Town Plate (1200m). 

Before then, Krogh will take two rides at Wagga on Friday and head to town on Saturday to ride in the Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick.

Teaming up with the in-form Nick Olive, he’ll ride Final Comment in the Class Three (1600m) event.

“I am getting plenty of support from the Joseph Jones Racing camp and Nick Olive as well,” Krogh said.

“Since winning the Queanbeyan Cup, Nick’s been throwing me rides left, right and centre, and we’ve been lucky enough to win a few.”