Joseph And Jones Celebrate Partnership With Raceday
By: Alex Steedman
The stable of new training partnership Barbara Joseph and son Paul Jones will be out in force at Thoroughbred Park on Friday with the annual event also playing host to guest speaker Joe Janiak.
With acceptances to be released tomorrow, the fledgling mother and son training partnership of Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones could have as many as 14 runners taking their place across the eight race card to be conducted at Thoroughbred Park.
“We’ve got 14 nominated and I don’t know if they will all get a start but they will all be accepted for,” Joseph said.
“There are a few resuming like Follow The Command, we’ve got a nice three-year-old called Fill The Page who won a trial and a jump-out, Utopian Miss and Direct Debit have been going nice in trials as well and Poetic Justice ran a very good race for us the other day first up for us.
“There are a few with very good chances if we get the right barrier draws.”
The mass turnout of runners for Friday’s meeting is due to nearly 300 owners with the Joseph and Jones stable who will converge on Thoroughbred Park for the eighth annual Joseph Raceday.
“We’ll have around 270-280 people attending,” Joseph said. “It should be a great day.”
A special guest at the event will be Joe Janiak, trainer of the now retired multiple Group 1 winner Takeover Target.
Janiak will be the guest speaker at the function and joins a long list of racing personalities to undertake the role including Rod Gallegos and ‘Miracle’ Malcolm Johnston.
“I’ve known Joe since we both started training together, we’ve been mates for years,” Joseph said.
“I asked when we were up in Darwin for their carnival if he would be a guest speaker and he said yes.”
This years annual raceday is the first which will be conducted since Joseph commenced a training partnership with son Paul Jones in July.
“It will be good for the new partnership and new owners,” Joseph said.
“It was announced at the last raceday we would be a partnership this year. It’s our eighth running of the raceday, we missed one when the track was being rebuilt.”
Owners will also get the chance to meet a number of new staff members at the stable including stable foreman Jay Hopkins.
Hopkins has been stable foreman for Joseph and Jones since July, a role which was once filled by current leading Canberra trainer Nick Olive.
“Jay Hopkins is our new Foreman and we’ve got quite a few new members of staff,” Joseph said.
“I’m going to try and get them all at the function and introduce them to everybody.”
“I got about 29 applications for the role and his was the one which stood out. Jay has come up from Melbourne where he was with Luke Oliver. He fit the bill well and was keen to get going.
“He is about the same age as what Nick Olive was when he came to me.”