It’s been well-documented that Quayde Krogh has enjoyed life since make the move from Sydney to the Barbara Joseph, Paul, and Matt Jones team in Canberra.
In a tick over 12 months, Krogh has ridden winners galore for the team, and is proving to be a more than capable country cups hoop.
On Friday, the 31-year-old won arguably his biggest race since moving south when guiding the Joseph and Jones-trained Super Helpful to victory in the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup.
Krogh gave the four-year-old a splendid ride in behind early leader and 2021 winner Ready To Humble (Nick Olive, Jeff Penza) before finding the front and kicking away to beat the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Mensa Missile (Winona Costin, $3.40) in second and the Gary Colvin-trained Another One (Nick Heywood, $5.50) in third.
Krogh, who coincidently completed his apprenticeship with Waterhouse, knew Super Helpful would be up against it in the strong field, and he was pleased to get the win.
“It was always going to be a competitive race, especially with Gai bringing horses down, and she always targets this cup, and she’s won it a couple of times,” Krogh said.
“There was also Ready To Humble, which beat us in the Big Dance, and I knew I had to be positive and come out early and make him do a bit of work.
“After that, we did what we came here to do and it was all up to my fella to run the 1400m out genuinely, which he did.”
The final furlong saw an enthralling finish, but Super Helpful kept kicking when it mattered most.
“He’s probably one of the toughest horses I’ve ridden in the last furlong, and I knew if he could get a clean kick, and especially with the way this track races and the way it played today, that he was always going to be hard to run down,” Krogh said.
“The 1400m was a query, but he erased any doubt in my mind today and I’m looking forward to him stepping out this time next year in Sydney (for the Big Dance).”
Krogh, who won the Bega Cup aboard Room Number for the Jones and Joseph team back in January, said it was the stable’s goal to compete in and win these feature country cups.
“It’s good to be able to target these feature races, and it means so much because Barb has so much to do with these country clubs,” Krogh said.
“I was able to be successful in the Bega Cup for her, and obviously that is one of her priority targets for the year, and this one is as well.”
Krogh has been a good pick-up for the Joseph and Jones team, and the talented hoop simply loves being more involved in the day-to-day operations of a racing stable.
“It’s great, I get to be so hands-on with the horses and get a good look at them. The boys are throwing ideas out at us all the time and we are countering that with our experience from working with Gai and its rewarding to be able to combine and win features like this,” Krogh said.
Joseph praised the work of her stable jockey, who is starting to make a habit of winning country cups for connections.
“It’s been a great year for Quayde, and he has really got his confidence up since he’s come to us just over 12 months ago,” Joseph said.
“He’s riding plenty of winners and getting plenty of rides off the other trainers, and he is a very, very good worker and jockey.”
It was Joseph’s third Snake Gully Cup, after winning the race in 2002 with Medicine before combining with her sons to win in 2017 with stable favourite Mercurial Lad.