Joseph & Jones hold a strong hand
Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident last start winner Don't Tell Morgan can acquit himself well when stepping up to tougher company at Canberra on Friday.
With a number of horses set to line up at their annual Joseph and Jones raceday it is the progressive Don't Tell Morgan who Jones has identified as one of their stables leading chances.
"I think he is probably one of our better chances tomorrow, I know he's racing slightly out of his grade but the way the horse is travelling I'm confident he can hold his own," Jones said.
While clearly a step up in grade on Friday his victory last start at Narrandera had plenty of merit all of which Jones contributed to a change in tactics.
"Don't Tell Morgan can only be ridden one way and that's right out the back," Jones said.
"He really just doesn't finish his race off when ridden forward and hasn't been ridden correctly a couple of times this time in.
"With Carl [Spry]sticking aboard tomorrow will look to ride him cold and should see him sustain a long run home tomorrow."
Jones will also saddle up stable stalwart Al Ahmar and feels he does have the ability to fly fresh and can hold his own despite being better suited over further.
"He has come back really nice," Jones said.
"He won first up over 1200m last time in albeit in weaker company than what he faces on Friday but I'm really happy with how he is looking and feeling.
"He'll settle at the back of the field and if there is a good tempo on we expect him to be rattling home late."
Having only been beaten two-and-a-half lengths in the Listed Canberra Cup last time in Jones said he is confident Al Ahmar is also heading in the right direction this campaign.
While her poor draw has dented his confidence Jones is still hopeful progressive Filly Just A Blur can break her maiden status when she lines up in the fifth race of the day.
"I'm quite confident but obviously if she had drawn a bit better than my confidence would have been a little bit higher," Jones said.
"From out there Carl [Spry] will just have to look to keep her out of trouble and ride her with a bit of cover.
"Her track work since her last run has been excellent and we are really looking forward to getting her to the race track tomorrow."