Norm Gardner finds his form

Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner Says Metralla Pick Of 3yo’s

The Norm Gardner stable has struck form with a win (Upper House) and three placings (Caccini, Ultraviolet and Trying) from its last four runners — all at Wagga.

Gardner says his three year olds — Upper House, Ultraviolet, and Caccini— have always shown ability, but haven’t always enjoyed the best of fortune.  Upper House broke through for a deserved win at Wagga and Ultraviolet was beaten by the barrier.

Canberra Steps Up To Fill Highway Void

The Canberra Racing Club has moved decisively to fill the void left when Racing NSW excluded local trainers from its Highway races for country-trained gallopers.

The Club has announced the introduction of ‘The Federal’ — a $40,000 dollar race to be conducted at each of the Club’s 25 race programs.

Furthermore there will be $10,000 in bonus monies for Canberra-trained horses only, split on a 60%, 30%, 10% basis for the first three locals across the line. Horses finishing further back than 10th are not eligible to receive the bonus.

Canberra Rider Passes Away in Road Accident Tragedy

The Canberra racing fraternity has been deeply saddened by the death of approved picnic and trackwork rider Samara Johnson in a motor vehicle accident near Junee on Sunday afternoon.

Samara’s partner, licensed Canberra racehorse trainer Gary Kirkup, was critically injured in the accident and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital. It’s understood he will undergo further surgery today.

Counselling support has been arranged by Racing NSW to help assist participants during this time.

Canberra Trainer Todd Smart Weighs Up Weekend Options

Canberra trainer Todd Smart is weighing up his options with two form-runners set to race over the weekend.

Attainment and City Boots both impressed at their last starts and are nominated for Canterbury on Friday night.

Attainment is a dead set wet-tracked and Smart will watch the weather to determine whether the Commands gelding races there or at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

He comes off a strong BM 60 win at Gundagai where he relished the heavy conditions running his best race.

Maryore set for return

Provincial Championship winner Maryore has trialled in Sydney and is ready for her return to racing.

Maryore is now with emerging Canberra trainer Joe Ible and was set to race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day but had a minor set-back.  

The 6yo mare settled back in Thursday’s Randwick Open trial with race-ride Tim Clark up and hit the line stylishly to place.  “She had a few weeks off and needed the trial to bring her to peak fitness,” Ible said.

Token of Love set for 2018 Canberra Cup

Canberra mare Token Of Love will be set for the 2018 Canberra Cup following her third in Saturday’s Group 2 $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.  

Token Of Love ($21) ran her best-ever race building off her brave second in the $120,000 Emerson Handicap at Moonee Valley; having won in Sydney in lesser company prior.

Token Of Love is trained by the resurgent Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones yard and is owned by long-time stable supporters Hancox Bloodstock.

Single Gaze all set for Cup day

Trainer Nick Olive reports all is well with Single Gaze heading into tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup.

Olive says the star Canberra mare has been ticking along nicely and went back to the beach yesterday and had a canter around this morning (Monday).

Olive says Single Gaze’s jockey Kathy O’Hara has just arrived in Melbourne and off a big winning weekend.   O’Hara wrote three winners at Rosehill on Saturday including Carzoff for Chris Waller. She followed up on Sunday with a winner at Goulburn.

Canberra Racing Geared For Melbourne Cup Day

Canberra’s Melbourne Cup day meeting is always a cracker occasion and will be boosted this year with the likely presence of star local Single Gaze in the race that stops the nation.

The Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze comes off a second placing in the Caulfield Cup and has enthralled Canberra race-fans with her spring performances.

Local TABS and Clubs have been packed for her appearances and that’s sure to be replicated at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday 7 November when a record crowd is anticipated.

Maryore to run in Flemington on Cup day

Canberra is likely to be represented by two horses on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.

If all goes to plan Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze will take her place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup for Nick Olive.

And Joe Ible is setting Maryore up for a first-up tilt in the Group 3, 2017 Maybe Mahal Stakes for mares over 1400m.

Maryore won the 2017 Provincial Championships when trained by Phillip Courtney and then spelled in Queensland before joining Ible’s Canberra team.

Maryore to run in Flemington on Cup day

Canberra is likely to be represented by two horses on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.

If all goes to plan Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze will take her place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup for Nick Olive.

And Joe Ible is setting Maryore up for a first-up tilt in the Group 3, 2017 Maybe Mahal Stakes for mares over 1400m.

Maryore won the 2017 Provincial Championships when trained by Phillip Courtney and then spelled in Queensland before joining Ible’s Canberra team.

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