Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph. Photo: Graham Tidy

A chance meeting at Darwin's racetrack led to Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones luring jockey Carl Spry to ride for them.

And the mother-son training team have entrusted their new hoop with a big ride in Sydney on Saturday, when Spry rides promising two-year-old Chasing Charlie in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery (1000 metres) at Warwick Farm.

Chasing Charlie was a $9 chance with ACTTAB, on the third line of betting behind $4.20-favourite Sweet Kiss.

It will be just the second start for the son of Myboycharlie, who easily broke his maiden status at Canberra first-up. Despite racing greenly and nearly throwing Spry with 200m to go, Chasing Charlie still saluted by 2½ lengths from Steel Bolt in the maiden plate (1000m) on November 30.

Something spooked the two-year-old gelding and he veered to his left before Spry was able to get him back under control.

He said barrier 13 at Warwick Farm wouldn't suit, but a two-year-old race was unpredictable and counted his gelding as a chance.

Spry predicted a bright future for Joseph and Jones's horse once he gets a few more race smarts.

''He's got a lot of natural ability so I think he's going to be really competitive … when the penny drops he'll be a different horse altogether,'' Spry said.

Spry was born into a racing family. His grandfather and brother were also jockeys, while his father was a trainer.

The 28-year-old originally went to Darwin for three months, but ended up staying for 2½ years.

The humid Northern Territory climate helped the 1.78m-tall Spry control his weight.

It was at the Fannie Bay track in Darwin where he struck up a conversation with Joseph, who was there on holidays.

They discovered Spry rode horses for owners who also had horses with Joseph.

She's been trying to lure him south ever since.

He's started with a bang, riding a double for his new stable at Adaminaby, including the Adaminaby Cup, as well as a double at Canberra on November 30.

Now he'll have his first city start since he moved from Queensland to Darwin.

''It's been a few years since I've ridden in town, probably three years since I've ridden at Eagle Farm or Doomben back home,'' Spry said.

''With Sydney you have a great line-up of jockeys, you couldn't get confused putting any of them on, I was happy to take it when they offered it and now I've just got to make the most of it.''