Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Barbara Josephs Cooma Christmas Party

From Cooma Monaro Express 1/12/12


THE Cooma races will be the venue for well known trainer Barbara Joseph’s racing stables Christmas party this year. Mrs Joseph said she likes to do something different for Christmas every year and staff and their families, owners and those associated with the stable are all invited. “Cooma is a great place to go and I’ve been coming here for a long time,” Mrs Joseph said. “It is always a big party at the Cooma races and has a great party atmosphere.”

Mrs Joseph has trained more than 1,100 winners and has three horses entered in the Cooma Monaro Race Club race day on Saturday. Back to Zero, a sixyear- old gelding is entered in the Cooma Cup, a 1600 metre race, with a first prize of $6,500. Thirty Love, a four-year-old mare is running in the Benchmark 45 with Miss Catwalk, a four-year-old mare will run in the Sundowners Cup a 1400 metre maiden handicap.

Barbara Joseph has been a licensed trainer since 1975 and started training in Bombala with a small team of horses. She became the first female trainer to win the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap with Merimbula Bay, a horse she purchased at the autumn Sydney sales. A Barbara Joseph horse Ain’t Seen Nothin’ ran in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 2003.

In 1994, Mrs Joseph moved her principal training operations to Thoroughbred Park at Canberra and became one of Canberra’s premier trainers. At the start of the 2010-2011 racing season she formed a training partnership with her
son Paul Jones under the new racing name of Joseph & Jones Racing (JJR). The JJR motto is ‘Realise your dream
with the JJR Team,’ which says to owners that to dream of owning a winning racehorse is achievable.

In keeping with their motto, JJR races horses where they have a winning chance. Barbara Joseph’s husband Peter Joseph,
an experienced horseman, oversees the agistment and pre-training of the stable horses at their Bombala property. He spends much of the early part of the year attending the Inglis and Magic Million Sales with Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones. Joseph & Jones Racing generally retain an interest in horses they buy and Mr Joseph is a registered owner of
many of the horses raced by the stable. He has a personal interest in the horses being purchased and an ongoing
involvement with the group of owners who purchase shares in the horses.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Celtic Soul aint half hot

From Cooma Monaro Express 6/12/11

Canberra trainer Rado Boljun and jockey Annelise King continued their run of success at local race meets on the weekend when Celtic Soul steamrolled over the finish line two lengths ahead of the field in the Cooma Cup at the Cooma Races. Ain’t Half Hot won the other major event, the Sundowners Cup.

Ridden by King and trained by Boljun, six year old Celtic Soul took out first place in the 1600 metre Cooma Nissan Cooma Cup to take home the first prize of $6,500. Fullerton came in second and Gypsy Jack took out third in the feature event of the six race meeting at the Ti-Tree Race Course.

Boljun’s win comes off the back of a successful meet in Adaminaby three weeks ago. Boljun trained horse Clever Hans took out the feature race the Adaminaby Cup which was also ridden by King.
Strike Me Happy, another Boljun trained horse ridden by Roly Saxton placed sixth in the Cooma Cup.

Ain’t Half Hot took out the other feature event at the Cooma Races, the 1400 metre Cooma Ex-Services Club Sundowners Cup, picking up $6,500 in prize money. It was followed by Circuit in second and Praise in third.

Despite a considerable amount of rain in the lead up to race day, the track dried out and was in a good condition for the annual event.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cooma Races - fashion, fillies and fantastic fun

From Cooma Monaro Express 1/12/11

By Chris Reeves

IT’S the first week of summer and in Cooma that means it’s time for the Cooma Races at the Racecourse on Saturday.

It means the Cooma Cup sponsored by Cooma Nissan. It means the Sundowner Cup sponsored by the Cooma Ex-Services Club.

It means that about 4,000 people will flock to the Cooma Racecourse to enjoy the day, soak up the sunshine (we hope), meet up with friends and perhaps have a flutter on their selections in the six races.

 It means Fashion on the Field when the girls, the ladies, the boys and the men will show of their frocks, hats and suits. Some will be trying to draw attention to themselves, others will just want to look their best for one of Cooma’s biggest days. Others, of course, will go in their best t-shirts and jeans, but that’s racing.

It’s the day when many community groups get stuck in to support the Cooma Monaro Race Club on their biggest day of the year. When Lions, the Car Club, the Pony Club, the Bush Fire Brigade, the Historical Train Society, the Council, and
others, all pitch in. Schools handle some of the catering, local charities get involved to raise funds for a good cause, and many businesses have hospitality tents to say a Christmas “thank you” to their clients and friends.

There are 100 sponsors – demonstrating the heavy involvement of all aspects of the community. Prize money has been
increased and the Race Club has completed some important works to improve the course and amenities, including replacement steps on the grandstand. In fact, it seems as though the whole town gets involved in one way or another.

The Cooma Races are the biggest in the region. They are also the oldest, beginning in 1854 – 157 years without missing a
beat. In fact, Race Club president Mick Schofield can’t recall the races being called off because of bad weather, and he is confident it won’t happen this year. He can recall in years gone by there was lots of heavy rain virtually up until race day, but they still went ahead.

Then, of course, there are the races themselves. A top field, with great horses, leading trainers, first class jockeys, and plenty of bookmakers to add to the spice and excitement.

It’s the day when Cooma celebrates, so join the fun and the action of the Cooma races 2011 – the first race is at 1.35pm.