Joseph-Jones Will Be Smiling at Canberra With Luck

 The Joseph-Jones yard has an unusually light representation at Canberra Friday, but the Canberra stable is gearing up for an exciting spring.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says punters can expect improvement from Smiling at Shadows in Race 4 tomorrow.

The Dane Shadow gelding won a 55 comfortably on the heavy at Canberra two runs back and then disappointed at Moruya.

“He just doesn’t seem to travel,” Jones says. “Every time we take him away he seems to struggle and last time down the mountain to Moruya he didn’t travel that well.

“He was lethargic in the yard and performed accordingly.

“I have given him time to get over that and his work has come back to that when he won at Canberra.

“It’s a similar sort of field he met that day and he looks over the odds to my eye.

“He likes the track and the wet and I am looking forward to a much better performance.”

In Race 5 Joseph-Jones line up the debutant Defying Luck.

Jones says the Pluck 3yo is “a nice little” horse.

“He was working along with Mercurial Lad and there wasn’t much between them.

“Defying Luck trained off and went to the paddock and Mercurial Lad on to win those races and perform very admirably.

“He’s come back and will probably have a little improvement in him.

“It’s pretty hard for these new 3yo’s to be competitive in Open Maidens and I am hoping he will be in the first six anyway.

Jones says the well-performed is Wonderbolt is back in work with a spring campaign beckoning.

“He had three weeks in the paddock and will have a couple of gallops next week.

“The track work riders are very happy with him and wee feel the six months in work followed by the brief freshen has really brought the horse on.

“There’s residual fitness there and he’s fresher in the head and we think we will see him at best this preparation.”

Jones says the bonny mare Just A Blur will kick off her spring campaign at Caulfield in early October.

“It’s a Group 3 for mares 4yo’s and up and she goes very well fresh as we know.

“We are very happy with her. She spelled very well and her coat’s probably the best it’s ever been.”