With the ink dry on racing’s latest official partnership, team Joseph-Jones will head into Sunday’s Moruya meeting hoping to seal the deal with multiple chances.
Training matriarch Barbara Joseph is now joined in the partnership by her son Matt, while for years she has raced in partnership with her other son Paul.
It will be another memorable moment for the stable when the first winner arrives under the new banner and there is every chance it will be Sunday.
For many years, Matt has worked tirelessly for the partnership and to now have his name alongside his mother and brother completes the picture.
“These are the first official runners we will all have together even though Matt has been with us all the time,” Paul said.
There is a lot to look forward to on Sunday with the classy Mercurial Lad resuming and Le Sacre Blue chasing a second straight win after some consistent lead-up runs.
They will also start Rock On Zariz who is ready to fire in the South Coast Clubs Cup (1435m) against Mercurial Lad.
Jones is keen to see Mercurial Lad – a Sydney Highway winner – perform first-up and head back towards defending the Gundagai Snake Gully Cup in November.
The noted speedster will carry 60.5 kilograms from a wide gate, but his style of racing should see him in the first group of runners, according to Jones.
“The speed is drawn in the middle so he should be able to work across and be on the pace,” he suggested.
“We wanted to give him a start in the country then head back to Sydney for a suitable race.
“He is working well as is Rock On Zariz who ran on strongly first-up and will do the same again.”
The stable’s big hope could be Le Sacre Blue who posted his third career win defeating Keeper Girl at Gundagai last start after consecutive placings at Canberra.
Le Sacre Blur was to oppose Keeper Girl again, but she has been scratched which will make the task a bit easier for the top weight.
“They looked the main two chances and now with Keeper Girl out hopefully our bloke can win again,” Jones said.
The popular Sunday meeting has the backing of the South Coast Registered Clubs which has been a part of the day for some 14 years.
There are 11 clubs involved in the day with many of their members attending the annual meeting.
The meeting will also acknowledge the premiership winners from last season and pay tribute to the late.