Joseph Jones Racing has announced plans to expand its thoroughbred racehorse training operation by establishing a second stable on the Far South Coast.
It has purchased land adjoining Sapphire Coast Turf Club and will build a 25-box training facility with the aim to be up and running by mid next year.
“Sapphire Coast Turf Club maintains a quality racecourse and we want to make the most of these facilities, which are under-utilised,” Barbara Joseph said.
“It is a great location. There are bush tracks and the beach nearby so horses will benefit from alternative types of training, the climate is mild and it is close to home for me.”
Bega trainer Grant Bobbin will join the Joseph Jones Racing team as a co-trainer at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club satellite stable.
“I've been breaking horses in for Joseph Jones Racing a few years and I am thrilled to be joining them as they grow their business,” he said.
There are currently no trainers based at Sapphire Coast Turf Club, but Joseph Jones Racing is hoping that won't be the case for long.
“We are inviting other trainers to lease boxes at our stables once they are built. It's a convenient and affordable place to establish a training operation with multiple racetracks within a few hours drive,” Paul Jones said.
Since 2010, Joseph Jones Racing has been operating as a partnership between Barbara Joseph, her husband Peter Joseph and Barbara's eldest son, Paul Jones. Barbara's second eldest son, Matthew Jones, and his wife Diana have also now bought into the expanded family business.
Sapphire Coast Turf Club president Robyn Bain welcomed the investment from Joseph Jones Racing, describing it as a win for the area.
“It is wonderful to have professional trainers like Barbara and Paul make a financial commitment to Sapphire Coast Turf Club. It bodes well for the future of racing in South-Eastern NSW,” she said.
Joseph Jones Racing currently has more than 40 horses in work at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra. It also breeds and spells horses at its 1200ha farm at Bombala.
Barbara Joseph was granted her training licence in September 1975 and has since trained in excess of 1000 winners. Paul Jones got his licence in 2009.