Canberra Has Its First Training Trio

Joseph, Jones & Jones is a name befitting a prestigious law firm, but it represents in fact, Canberra’s newest thoroughbred training partnership.

After six years ‘off and on’ as foreman to Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones, son and younger brother Matt Jones is officially joining the family team as a third co-trainer.

Matt Jones has always had a close involvement in the stable operations, and especially in the last year when his brother Paul was out of action for three months recovering from knee reconstruction.

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Free buses will run on TAB FEDERAL Tony Campbell Memorial Race Day and Students Race Day from ANU and UC.  Check the race day page for more information.

On Tuesday 6 November ACTION will be providing free charted services from Thoroughbred Park to the City Bus Station, diverting to the official after-race day venue The Duxton, O'Connor between 4.00pm and 7.30pm. More information is available on the ACTION website.


Following the Racing NSW announcements on prize money increases, and the introduction of the $1.3 million Kosciuszko for country trained horses at Randwick in October, the Canberra Racing Club Committee will consider a number of race programming and prize money options.

Canberra’s Kayla Nisbet Racking Up The Winners

Canberra Jockey Kayla Nisbet set the Moruya meeting alight on Monday booting home four winners.

Nisbet built on her two winners at Friday’s Canberra meeting on the Acton in the capital, including on Shezacraftsman in the $50,000 TAB Federal.

Having overcome injuries and illness, Nisbet’s success is well deserved and her services are increasingly in demand.

At Moruya, Nisbet rode a double for leading Canberra trainer Matt Dale and was on Melberra Star who returned to the winners list for Canberra’s Luke Pepper.

Gratz seeking hat trick with Stephan

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella will have a handy representation at Friday’s meeting on the Acton track, headed by STEPHAN.

The stable always performs at this time of the year and has produced a creditable 12 winners this season at Canberra.

Stephan lines up in Race 2, the Club Lime Benchmark 67, seeking the hat trick.

The 5yo Krupt gelding had his first run in August 2015 placing third in a Canberra Maiden and then was off the scene for nearly three years with a frustrating run of setbacks.

Canberra Connection Strikes At Grafton

Simply Striking saluted at the Grafton carnival Wednesday for Sutton trainer Neil Osborne and Canberra comeback hoop Billy Owen.

Osborne is a regular participant at the carnival and presented Simply Striking (4.00) in top order for the BM 55 over 1100m.

Simply Striking came off a solid fourth at Grafton almost a week ago and Osborne brought him back a touch in trip and put the blinkers on.

“Good gate and good ride”, Osborne said after the win.

Owen said Simply Striking gave him a good feel going to the gates and he gave him the perfect ride.

Premiership winding up

Injuries to jockeys Matt Cahill and Brendon Ward have left the door open for Goulburn-based Richard Bensley to win his first ACT Jockey Premiership.

With just two Canberra meetings of the 2017-18 racing season remaining, Bensley sits six wins behind Cahill who has been on the sidelines with a hand injury incurred in June in a race fall at Wellington.

Cahill finished second in last year’s premiership, two wins behind Ward, whose season was cruelled when he fractured a hip in a track work incident in December.  

Melbourne Spring For Almost Court

Canberra Cup winner ALMOST COURT is back in work with a Melbourne spring campaign planned.

Co-trainer Paul Jones, says Almost Court is likely to target the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes first-up over a mile at Moonee Valley.

Jones says the former New Zealand gelding has been nominated for some of the better spring races and the Dato’ will provide them with an indication of how he shapes up.

“He’s been back in work for five weeks and is in good order,” Jones said.  

Waller to train Single Gaze

Racing Australia has listed Chris Waller as the new trainer of Single Gaze, surprising the Canberra racing community.

The former Nick Olive-trained Group 1 winner was recently farewelled from the capital after being sold to Japan’s Northam Stud as a broodmare.

Olive told Tab Radio’s Steve Hewlett that “it was a bit of a shock for all of us involved to be honest”.

Olive said they were “approached to sell her privately, we decided to sell her on the proviso she would be going to stud in Japan”

Strong Nomination’s For Canberra Friday

Canberra’s Acton synthetic track has again drawn strong nominations for Friday’s meeting.

ACT Trainer Premiership leaders Keith Dryden-Scott Collings have only three horses listed:  Ziganui and Balansa in the Monaro Windows BM 60, and Buddyiz who resumes in the Moby Dicks’s Tavern Maiden.

Nick Olive has nominated five horses with a couple double accepted, and Matt Dale nine.  

Dale’s Belfast Bella creates interest on the Moby Dick’s Tavern Maiden.