Jones Expecting Caprossa To Bounce Back
After being caught wide throughout in the Wagga Town Plate last start Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is expecting a much improvement effort from Caprossa at Randwick on Saturday.
Having proven ultra impressive when resuming with a fast finishing victory at Canterbury two starts back, Jones admits nothing went to plan at Wagga when finishing well back behind fellow Canberra based trained galloper Unanimously.
"She drew a wide gate and she was five wide almost the whole way," Jones said.
"You can't be covering an extra 30 to 40m in a race and expect to run home over the top of a good horse like Unanimously."
Having shown good ability in her short career to date Jones admits he had planned to head to Scone with Caprossa for the Listed Dark Jewel Classic prior to her last start performance.
"If she had either won or placed at Wagga we were looking to head to the Dark Jewel Classic with her but that didn't eventuate and we've elected to drop her back against her own sex and try and get her confidence back," Jones said.
While untried beyond 1200m the recent success of her half brother has given Jones the added confidence that she will handle the step up to 1400m.
"Her half brother Don't Tell Morgan has had some recent success over 1800m and she has been settling well in her races this time in," Jones said.
"Obviously you don't know until you go there but she has given us the impression that she will run out the trip."
In what is shaping up as a very open affair on Saturday Jones remains fairly confident she can make her presence felt.
"I'm quietly confident she will put her best foot forward so I think if she does she'll be hard to beat in that level of field," Jones said.
Dropping back to race against her own sex, Jones hasn't ruled out a possible trip to Brisbane for the back end of the Winter Carnival.
"Maybe towards the end of the carnival but we haven't really planned much with her after Saturday," Jones said.
"I always had the feeling she was a minimum Listed/Group 3 level so if she can keep on progressing maybe next carnival she will acquit herself well."
Apprentice rider Rachael Murray will take the reins for the first time with regular rider Nathan Berry unavailable due to his suspension.
"With Nathan suspended we took the opportunity to take a claim on her," Jones said.