Premiership Contenders Dominate Canberra Meeting

The Canberra cream rose to the top at yesterday’s meeting in the Capital with leading local trainers and jockeys to the fore.

The ACT trainers premiership is again proving to be a ding dong affair with the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings stable bouncing back to equal first with two winners on the day — Tougherthantherest in Race 2 and Rock Prodigy in Race 6.

The Nick Olive yard also recorded a win with Murrimaid in the opening event and it also went close in another two.

Matt Dale scored with the impressive Autumn in Race 3.

2017 Wagga Town Plate Day — Canberra Gallopers To The Fore

Canberra gallopers have strong representation in Thursday’s bumper Wagga Town Plate feature meeting at Wagga.

Alfden from the Joseph-Jones yard is sure to take beating in the opening event off the second-up placing at Canberra. Nick Olive’s Chuckles comes off an impressive Maiden win and also looks right in it.

The Joseph-Jones-trained Tyres Are Crucial is the Capital’s only representative in the Inglis bonus race for two-year-olds and has impressed winning and placing both his race-runs. Meets some promising city-trained youngsters but a winning run would not surprise.

Damian Browne Booked For Fell Swoop — Doomben 10,000

Crack Queensland hoop Damian Browne has been booked to ride Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop in Saturday week’s Doomben 10,000 (1200m).

Browne is best known for his association with champion Queensland sprinter Buffering and is a renown big race performer.

Fell Swoop will be out to win his first Group 1 when he competes in the time honoured sprint.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale elected to miss Saturday’s Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm and to keep Fell Swoop on the fresh side for the Doomben assignment and confirmed last night that Browne will take the mount.

Tails Up For Single Gaze and Nick Olive

In a Nick Olive training triumph, Single Gaze delivered in Saturday’s Mandate Tails Stakes at Doomben with Olive declaring the best is still to come for the classy Canberra mare.

Ridden by regular hoop Kathy O’Hara, the Group 1 winner sat outside the leader before taking over after the turn and was never headed.

Single Gaze was four-weeks between runs and Olive says she will improve off it.

Twelve months ago Single Gaze fell in the Australian Oaks and has had the odd set-back since.

Popular Partnership Heads to Brisbane

High class Canberra-trained mare Single Gaze and her jockey partner Kathy O’Hara will continue their association in Brisbane on Saturday.

Single Gaze will recommence her campaign in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben where Canberra-trained Maryore will also compete.

Trainer Nick-Olive says Single Gaze travelled up with Maryore and arrived “really well”.   

Olive says Single Gaze got a clod in the eye when running a last start third in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on 25 March and had to be treated for a week.

The little son that could

A chance love affair between a 2yo colt, who jumped the paddock fence for a romantic liaison resulted in Robert Potter’s runner in the John McGrath Auto Group 1200 B64 Handicap to be born late November in 2011.  The sire, Best as Zariz, has since been gelded hence the name for the 5 year old starter, One Son.

Maryore To Race at Doomben Saturday

Provincial Championship winner Maryore arrived in the Gold Coast this morning and will race in Saturday’s Tails Stakes at Doomben (Listed 1600m).

Canberra trainer Phillip Courtney says Maryore pulled exceptionally well from her commanding win at Randwick and the decision was taken to take up the Doomben challenge.

“This will be were her biggest test to date but she deserves her opportunity and if she performs well we’ll look at others races up there,” Courtney says.

“She has won up to 1800m and has come through the trip to Queensland in fine order.

Mercurial Lad Heads To The Wagga Guineas

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones-trained Mercurial Lad took another leap winning the TAB.com.au Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.

The up-and-coming Canberra galloper responded to the gear changes to record a strong on-speed performance and will now go on to the Wagga Guineas in two weeks time.

Mercurial Lad had won his previous two races but had run off the track and trialled to the steward’s satisfaction in the new gear at the Sapphire Coast prior to the Randwick run.

Fell Swoop Looking To Scale Greater Heights

The richest turf race in the world is on the radar for star Canberra Sprinter Fell Swoop.

Trainer Matt Dale is looking to find a spot for Fell Swoop in the $10m Everest at Randwick on 14 October (1200m).

The race will have 12 runners at weight-for age and local and international buyers were able to purchase a ‘slot’ in the race for $1.8m over the next three years — $600,000 per year.

The slots have been sold and the ‘owners’ will be able to trade their positions or partner with owners who do not have a slot.

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