Joseph-Jones Unveil Well-Performed Ex Hong Kong Galloper

The Barbara Joseph – Paul Jones stable unveiled well-performed Hong Kong galloper Verdane at last week’s Canberra trial and the UK-bred son of Halling caught the eye.

Verdane — re-named Overdane — was formerly trained by John Moore and has won HK $3.7M and his last win was on the Sha Tin All Weather in July last year.

Overdane is owned by Anthony Cheung Hin-shun who in 2011 — along with business partner David Boehm — brought a majority share in Bob and Wendy Lapointe’s magnificent Muskoka Farm thoroughbred property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River.

The Lapointe’s still manage the property and Paul Jones says a chance meeting with the couple after the Sydney Easter sales led to Overdane’s transfer to the Canberra stable.

“Bob and Wendy have known Mum (Barbara Joseph) from a long way back and about three months ago I got a ring from Wendy saying they had a horse coming back from Hong Kong who particularly appreciated synthetic tracks,” says Jones.

“He came to us pre-trained and has been in the stable for a couple of months and has a soft trial hit out last Friday.

“We haven’t mapped out a plan for him yet but he may kick-off in the ‘Tony Campbell’ 1400m on 7 October in Canberra.

“He’ll rate about BM75 in the city and BM 80-81 in the country and a race like that would suit him.”

Jones says Overdane is an "absolutely magnificent type and although a seven-year-old has been very well looked after. 

“He came to us in fantastic condition and jockey Matty Cahill said he gave him a great feel in the trial. 

“He is enjoying the country atmosphere here and often a different training regime can give a horse a new lease on life.

“And while he has shown a preference for synthetic surfaces he’s giving us every indication he’ll perform on the grass.”

Overdane is sired by former champion Godolphin galloper Halling (USA), who before his death in 2016, stood at Emirates Stud Farm in Dubai.