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St Pat’s thrilled with nominations

Tuesday, 10th March, 2015

It never rains but it pours.

A few years back, the St Patrick’s Race Club’s annual meeting had to be abandoned when heavy rain fell on the eve of the event.

This year, it has been inundated again - with nominations. It has received so many that it does not know what to do with them.

When the noms closed at 10.30am yesterday the St Pat’s Race Club Committee could hardly believe their eyes.

“It is amazing,” said Racing Co-ordinator Trevor Odgers. “There were 138 nominations, which is huge for an eight-event program.

“I haven’t seen anything like these nomination numbers for years.”

There were a few dual noms (that’s where the same horse is entered in more than one race) but Mr Odgers said St Pat’s could be set for some big fields for its 50th anniversary meeting on Saturday.

“It all depends on how they stand up,” he said. 

“The weights will be advised on Wednesday then final acceptances on Thursday morning, but it is looking promising.”

The most nominations received were for the 1400 metre race, the Dr Biljana Trask Handicap which has 27, while the feature race, the Clubs NSW/Keno Outback Cup, has attracted 26.

The only race for which nominations have had to be extended until today is the Shannon Electrics Outback Stayer event over 2200 metres. Nine runners have been nominated for that race.

The maximum field size is 12 horses per race with four emergencies.

Among the many trainers who have nominated is one of Australia’s leading female trainers, Barbara Joseph from Canberra.

“This would be a huge coup for St Pat’s if Barbara has horses running here on Saturday,” Mr Odgers said.

“She is without doubt one of the best trainers in the country.”

Barbara Joseph was the first female trainer to win the famed Doncaster Handicap, a Group One race, with Merimbula Bay in 1989.

Another of her charges, Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, won 29 races, including the Lets Elope Stakes in 2003, and finished up near the front in the Melbourne and Caulfield cups the same year.

From her stables in Canberra, Mrs Joseph has trained more than 1100 winners in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

She and her eldest son, Paul Jones, now train in partnership and on Saturday they are expected to bring three horses to town.

They have nominated the classy Girls Own in the Outback Cup, Nriangi in the Outback Sprint, and Our Cracker in the Benchmark 65 Handicap. Girls Own won the Tumut Cup in January.

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