Strong Hand

By Simon Dinopoulos 

The Joseph and Jones stable look to hold a very strong hand heading into today’s meeting at Thoroughbred Park with a number of their gallopers poised to take centre stage.

Both Delabombell and gutsy stayer Ultimate Gaze looked well placed in their return to Canberra after recently competing at the Metropolitan level.

“Delabombell looks to be our leading chance on Sunday,’’ Jones said

“She carried the big weight on a heavy track last start and wasn’t able to let down as well as she normally does,’’

“Down in grade and although not drawn ideally I expect her to be a leading contender,’’

Stepping out in the second race a benchmark 70 handicap over 1080 metres, Jones is confident she will not have to lead despite drawing the widest in the six horse field.

“She’s not a one dimensional horse, she doesn’t have to lead and given its only a small field she could easily come from the back off the speed,’’ Jones said

Although never raced on the Acton Track, Jones is not at all fazed by the mare’s challenge.

“She works as well as any other horse on the synthetic surface so I have no queries heading into Sunday,’’ Jones said.

The daughter of Zariz has been racing in great form this preparation finishing third at big odds at Rosehill three starts back before beaten only two lengths at Randwick unsuited in the heavy conditions.

“She’s raced against some very smart horses this time in and has been up to the task everytime, we’ve been very happy with her,’’ Jones said.

“After Sunday win or lose she will head to the paddock for a well deserved spell,’’

On paper four year old gelding Ultimate Gaze looks to be one of the better bets of the day in the fourth race, a benchmark 71 handicap over 1750 metres, however Jones is very wary of the Mick Miladinovic trained – Micalong.

“If Ultimate Gaze can run back up to his best I feel he will be very competitive,’’ Jones said.

“I have a lot of respect for Mick Miladinovic’s horse Micalong, I feel he is very underrated and is definitely a strong up and coming horse,’’

After failing in his last start, Jones was unsure as to whether or not to send Ultimate Gaze to the paddock.

“We didn’t really want to send him out on his last effort and since he has turned it around and we’ve been very happy with his recent work,’’ Jones said.

Lightly raced four year old mare, La Tammy, could prove profitable for punters if kept safe in the fifth race, a maiden handicap over 1280 metres with Jones selecting her as a good each way chance.

¬†“She’s been ready to win for a while now just her poor barrier draws in her last two starts have beaten her,’’ Jones said

“She goes really well on the synthetic and I feel she is a good each way chance,’’