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.

The awakening of Asclepius

A pleasing return at Canterbury on Wednesday leaves Canberra based trainer Len Hodgson bullish stable star Asclepius is in for another fruitful preparation.

Having made the successful rise to prove competitive in the Listed Canberra Cup the son of Reset was unsuited over the shorter trip on Wednesday but still proved solid in the run home.

"When the winner [That's A Good Idea] got away like he did and our horse wanted to relax in the race, the young bloke had to move on him from the 600m and I don't think it suited him," Hodgson said.

A clear future for Just A Blur

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident progressive filly Just A Blur is a horse to watch in the future as he rates her very similar to retired Canberra Cup victor Fill The Page.

While still a maiden after two starts Jones said they both had very similar characteristics at similar stages in their career.

"She has indicated to us so far that she will be a stayer down the track, she is very quick she reminds me of Fill The Page a fair bit," Jones said.

Olive confident in turn of foot for Capital Commander

Although she proved very disappointing last start Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is confident stable star Capital Commander can bounce back at Randwick on Saturday.

Having proven very impressive fresh at Moonee Valley behind Draw Forward the daughter of Commands would go on to turn in one of her worst career performances when finishing twelfth at Rosehill behind Single Style last start.

Candy Tuft set to thrill in Canterbury

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident Candy Tuft has what it takes to notch up her first metropolitan victory when she lines up at Canterbury on Wednesday.

 Having already proven herself competitive in similar company last preparation Jones felt her performance last start at Wagga had plenty of merit when finishing second in the testing heavy conditions.

"I thought she handled it well but definitely didn't quite excel in the going, you wouldn't say she was a mudlark," Jones said

John Scorse's Tips 2 August 2013

John Scorse's tips for Friday 2 August 2013 at Thoroughbred Park:

Race 1: 4 - 8 - 2

Race 2: 1 - 2 - 4

Race 3: 1 - 4 - 2 

Race 4: 1 - 2 - 6

Race 5:  2 - 4 - 1

Race 6: 2 - 1 - 12

Race 7: 1 - 6 - 4

Race 8: 3 - 1 - 11

Best Bet Race 8 No3 Aupose. First race start time 12.23pm 

Black Opal victor retired

The 2011 Black Opal Stakes victor You're Canny has been retired following a career ending injury suffered at track work this week.

In what proved a very sad day for connections Canberra based trained Gratz Vella was pleased to announce that You're Canny did not require to be humanely euthanised and will spend the next few months in his stable recovering.

"He damaged his fetlock and suffered a few fractures," Vella said.

Olive on top

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive has re-established himself as the district's leading trainer when notching up his fifth Canberra Racing Club Trainer's Premiership this month.

Having finished fourth behind Keith Dryden in the premiership last year, Olive proved dominant this season clearing out to defeat his nearest rival Guy Walter by five wins with local trainers Keith Dryden and John Nisbet finishing third and fourth respectively.

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 7 July 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 7 July 2013

Race 1:  12 – 6 - 4

Race 2:  3 – 5 - 1

Race 3: 8 – 5 - 4

Race 4:  1 – 2 - 4

Race 5:  9 – 5 - 4

Race 6:  1 – 4 - 3

Race 7:   1 – 3 - 2

Best Bet of the day R1 #12 Lady Angelica

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