Joseph and Jones stable success of 2012

Barbara Joseph and son Paul Jones have experienced a strong run of form lately in metropolitan grade with the partnership saddling up two winners and two seconds over the past four-weeks.

The Canberra based partnership's leading stable runners Fill The Page, Onthelookout, and Delabombell have all looked strong in their respective campaigns with each aimed at racing at Thoroughbred Park's feature race day on March 11.

Four-year-old mare Fill The Page will line up this Saturday at Rosehill to contest a Benchmark 87 Handicap (1800m) in preparation for the $200,000 Listed Canberra Cup (2000m).

“She is racing over 1800m and she's fit, and she's working well. This will only be a stepping stone to the Canberra Cup,” said Jones.

“You watch her last run over 1400-metres, and she had no favours, she was three wide, she over-ran it, and still ended up second.”

Jones added that they would also have a runner in the $100,000 Listed National Sprint (1400m), with Onthelookout set to take on fellow Canberra trained gallopers Capital Commander, Vilakazi Street, and General Jay Dee.

The six-year-old gelding saluted the judge last start at Warwick Farm in a Benchmark 90 Handicap (1300m) when third-up, which Jones said is the perfect lead-up to the Listed event.

“Obviously we were over the moon with that last effort,” he said.

“His first-up run was not particularly good so we had a look over him after that effort and found he had a liver infection, so we had to medicate him for ten days.

“In his next start he came from last and finished second after getting no favours in the race, so I was very confident going in to his last start effort.

“He will be a genuine contender in the National Sprint. I've always had big raps on him. I think he's a Group 3 type horse.”

Jones also confirmed that Delabombell will saddle up on Black Opal day and will contest the Camarena Open Handicap (1000m).

The five-year-old had a strong win in yesterday's mid-week meeting at Canterbury, having racked up her second successive victory in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m).

The Canberra trainer accredited the mares recent form reversal to a gear change made prior to the first of her last two wins.

“She was lacking air, and we did a little diagnosis after doing a scope of her and found she had a soft palette issue,” Jones said.

“So we made one change to her, adding a tongue control bit which has totally reversed her form.

“She did have some good runs prior, but she was mixing her form a little bit, which is not consistent with her because she is a mare who tries hard all the time.”

Jones said that he is expecting Delabombell to be a strong contender in the open class race.

“Her racing style at the moment suggests she will be suited in it. There is usually a lot of speed in that race and she is pretty happy to sit mid-field, and she has been finding the line strongly of late,” he said.

“I think the long straight at Canberra should benefit her a bit, but obviously the class will be a lot stronger and she will be racing against the boys as well.”

The Joseph and Jones stable had been in average form by their high standards prior to their latest pair of metropolitan winners, with only one win coming in city grade over an eight month period.

Jones said the stables form had been stronger than what it appeared, but has welcomed their recent success in city grade leading in to the Capitals feature race meeting.

“I think we've had a good patch over the last two months or so,” he said.

“We have been in a bit of form for a little while. We've just been running a lot of seconds. Our horses have been running well, we just haven't been running with a lot of luck.”