Joseph-Jones Set For A Winning Weekend

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones Canberra stable looks set for a big weekend with strong winning chances at both Cootamundra (Saturday) and Canberra (Sunday).

At Cootamundra, D’Beak is sure to be well fancied in Race 3. Stable representative Zane Jones says D’Beak is a striking individual who just missed last time at Moruya off Highway Handicap form.

“We have always has a bit of time for him and this looks a very suitable assignment,” Jones says.

In Race 4, the stable is represented by Critical Touch, who also rates a strong winning chance.

"He made good improvement last start when ridden more aggressively and shouldn’t have too much trouble crossing to the speed.  

“We will scratch him from Canberra on Sunday and expect him to go close.”

Bank On Henry and ex Hong Kong galloper Overdane will line up for the stable in the Cootamundra Cup.  

Bank On Henry is right up to this at best and Jones says he hasn’t had much luck his last two in stronger races Sydney. “He loves the trip and looks very well-placed.” 

The stable is still getting a handle on Overdane, but he was well-performed in Hong Kong and two runs back carried lugged 64.5kg to win at Canberra. 

“He drops back in garde off a disappointing run in the Goulburn Cup and can be competitive if he found his best.”

The Joseph-Jones Canberra charge is led by Singled Out in Race 2, and the mare rates a strong winning hope. 

“She still does a few things wrong, but she has been racing solidly and gets to the right race.”

With the likely scratching of Critical Touch, stablemate Always Flushed comes right into it in Race 3.

“She won well on debut at Moruya and has come on. She came to us in top order from Gai Waterhouse and shows plenty of ability.  

“She will be a better horse next campaign, but is up to taking the next step in this.”

Jones says Tempest Rock should be around the mark in Race 5 and will run the trip right out.