PAUL JONES has had a good weekend in Sydney.
On Friday night, Caprossa saluted at Canterbury for the Canberra trainer, who's in partnership with his mother Barbara Joseph, while Delabombell finished fourth at Rosehill on Saturday.
It's been a promising start to Caprossa's career, with four wins and a third from her six starts.
The four-year-old mare has settled in nicely to her first tilt at Sydney racing, placing at Warwick Farm before winning the benchmark 70 handicap (1100 metres) at Canterbury on Friday night.
''We went there pretty confident she was going to run a very strong race,'' Jones told The Canberra Times on Saturday.
''The level of racing was somewhat different [but] I think both horses ran out of their skins.''
He was also impressed with Delabombell's second-up effort in the open handicap (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The daughter of Zariz finished four-lengths fourth to Welkom Gold.
Canberra apprentice jockey Kayla Nisbet was on board and Jones was happy with both her 3kg claim and the coming hoop's ride.
Nisbet has just a handful of rides in the city, but Jones had no problem with helping her get a foot in the stirrup. ''She's ridden [Delabombell] a couple of times in track work for me and we opted to take the claim on her, because we thought [Delabombell] was a little bit close in the weights to the other horses in the race,'' he said.
''She rode her pretty well and Kayla's on her way up, I think you might be seeing a bit more of her in Sydney.''
Jones was unsure where he would take Delabombell next.
''Probably her best record is third up, so probably find her the right race to run her in next time,'' he said.
''In three or four preparations she's undefeated third up.
''I suppose it will be somewhere in Sydney in a fillies-and-mares type grade race.''
Queanbeyan trainer Neville Layt also had a fourth at Rosehill yesterday, with Flying Charger 4½ lengths behind Criterion in the two-year-old plate (1100m) in the Snitzel colt's second start.
Canberra trainer Matthew Dale also had a good result at Canterbury on Friday night. Happy Finish was just ¾ length behind $1.70 favourite Lohengrin in the restricted handicap (1250m).