Winner of the The Delegate Hotel Maiden Plate (1300m) Just a Blur, ridden by jockey Carl Spry. Photo: Jay Cronan
One lucky raffle ticket sparked off a chain of events that led to Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones winning four of the eight races on the card of their own race day at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Friday.
Joseph won a race day from the lucky ticket about 10 years ago and it proved such a success that the trainer, along with her son and training partner Jones, has held it every year since.
And it culminated in the duo saluting four times on Friday, including three in a row.
Zakia started it all off with a short-neck win in the first race, the Mercedes Benz Canberra Maiden Plate (1000 metres).
Then Al Ahmar, Just A Blur and Al Badia all came to the party in races four, five and six.
Joseph's racing day has been such a success that they've even started raising money for autism and the Special Olympics.
Jones' son, Jacob, is autistic.
''It goes back a long time ago when mum actually won in a raffle a race day and this was born out of that … and it's turned into a bit of a charity day now as well,'' he said of the race day that started ''10 or 12 years ago''.
''In the last couple of years we've donated $5000 and $6000 to the autism association, as well as the Special Olympics ACT just to assist them.
''It's just one of those lucky things that happen and here we are all these years later still doing it.''
Of the four winners, Jones was most impressed with Just A Blur, who finished sixth to subsequent black-type winner Va Pensiero in February.
Just A Blur will now be set for the listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) at Rosehill in two weeks.
Al Ahmar will push on to the Tony Campbell Cup (1400m) at Canberra on September 27, while Al Badia could run in the Racecallers Cup (1600m) at the same meeting.
''I think [Just A Blur's] a listed-group level-type horse,'' Jones said.
''Her first start in a race she got beaten by I'm All The Talk and Va Pensiero … and Va Pensiero came back well and I'm All The Talk is a speed machine so I knew she's not far from some of the best three-year-olds running around in Australia.
''I can put her up against open company horses and she can match it, if not beat them … now we'll head back to Sydney and try her in a listed race, maybe the Reginald Allen over 1400.''