TRAINER Barb Joseph's snub of the Albury Gold Cup carnival has been short-lived.
Joseph has been a long-time supporter of the Albury Racing Club for over two decades and traditionally targeted the two day carnival with a large team of horses.
But last year she only had one runner on Albury Cup day after the club broke with tradition and raced on the Sunday with the $180,000 feature on the Friday for the second successive year.
The Canberra trainer was one of the most vocal trainers against the decision, saying Albury had “shot itself in the foot” by dropping the back-to-back days of racing.
Albury has reverted back to the Thursday-Friday format for this year’s carnival.
Joseph welcomed the move and is set to nominate up to 10 horses over the two days including Almost Court in the Albury Gold Cup.
Almost Court finished third in the Canberra Cup on Sunday behind the Bjorn Baker-trained Samadoubt.
"I see the club has reverted back to the two-day carnival which I'm very happy about," Joseph said.
"I know I had a bit of a whinge last year but I'll have runners on both days this year.
"As long as Almost Court pulls up fine he will be going around in the Albury Cup and Mookareena will target the Guineas.
"At this early stage I think I will have eight to ten horses over the two days."
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Joseph felt Almost Court still had plenty of improvement left after tackling the Canberra Cup second-up from a 22-week spell.
"He just got beat for second and I thought it was a brilliant run under the circumstances," she said.
"He only had one previous run from a spell over a mile about a month before.
"So there is still plenty of improvement in him, he has pulled up well and the 2000-metres of the Albury Cup looks ideal."
Christian Reith rode Almost Court in the Canberra Cup and is keen to retain the mount for the Albury feature.
Joseph said a large contingent of her owners had already booked accommodation in Albury and were planning on arriving on Wednesday afternoon and departing on the Saturday.
"Quite a few of my owners have booked accommodation after not coming last year," she said.
"We always like to stay the three nights and have a bit of a get away."
Joseph is yet to win an Albury Gold Cup but has been successful in the other feature races.
Nominations for the Albury Cup close on Monday with weights declared the following day.
The final field and jockeys will be announced on the Wednesday.
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