Canberra Stables Dominate Provincial Championship Final

Canberra justified its place in this year’s Provincial Championships with local stables winning and placing third in the rich Randwick contest.

Phillip Courtney-trained Maryore ($20) came from back in the field to race away with the event providing Courtney with his biggest training success.

The Keith Dryden-Scott Collings-trained Ziganui also came from the back to secure third at even longer odds.

“It’s a big thrill and it’s the biggest day for our stable and the biggest day for the owners,” Courtney said.

“I’ve been training probably about five years now.

Provincial Championship title comes to Canberra

An enviable win has certainly put Canberra on the map for the Provincial Championships with a 1-3 finish on Saturday at Randwick.  The Keith Dryden/Scott Collings trained Ziganui finished fast in third place, but it was Phillip Courtney’s Maryore that stunned the crowd with a blistering finish to take out the Provincial Championships.

Maryore, a magic millions purchase had raced in Adelaide at the start of her career for 3 wins until owners decided to bring her to Canberra, attracted by better prize money and racing.

Racing in the Capital Friday 7 April 2017

6 Canberra trainers are listed in the top 20 Country trainers premiership in NSW, including Gratz Vella who will back up Orange Time in the Benchmark 65 at Canberra tomorrow.  The 6yo Bon Hoffa Mare has pulled up so well from Wagga Wagga a week ago where she ran 2nd has convinced Gratz Vella that she deserves another chance for the win, and is quietly confident from an ideal barrier and Kayla Nisbet on board.

Just A Blur Seeking Back-To-Back Wagga Town Plates — Trainer Paul Jones

Canberra’s Joseph-Jones partnership is confident quality mare Just A Blur is on track for a back-to-back wins in the Wagga Town Plate.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says Just A Blur was unlucky at her second-up run in the David Wallace City Handicap 1175m on the heavy track at Albury — a surface she doesn’t enjoy.

“We are keeping her to shorter trips this campaign and she is likely to have her Town-Plate lead-up run in Sydney on Saturday week, where there are three or for options for her,” Jones says.

Fell Swoops second swipe at the TJ Smith

Randwick has been rated a Heavy 9 for Saturdays race meeting and Matt Dale believes this will suit Fell Swoop, who will attempt Group 1 victory for the 9th time. 

Jumping from Barrier 6 in the TJ Smith, with a super star jockey from Brazil, Joao Moreira on board, the gelding is looking to break the drought and go one better than last year where he came second to Chautauqua (Barrier 11) in the $2,500,000 weight-for-age 1200m sprint.

Trainer Luke Pepper Says Appoint Percy Tip Top For Provincial Championships Qualifier

The Luke Pepper-trained Appoint Percy will fly the Canberra flag in tomorrow’s Provincial Championships Qualifier at Newcastle.

Appoint Percy had a FU hit-out at Wagga and then ran a creditable fourth in the Qualifier at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day.

“It was the heaviest track I have ever seen”, Pepper says. “He’d come off a long layoff and I couldn’t have him any better order for Newcastle.

“Tommy Berry was impressed with the Rosehill run and asked to stick with him and the horse will appreciate a better surface.”

Canberra Gallopers — BMW Day, Rosehill

Canberra will be represented by some if it leading gallopers on BMW Day at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.

Nick Olive has nominated his Group 1 winning Single Gaze for the 2017 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) Group 3, where she will appreciate the rise in distance.

The Vinery winner has warmed up with runs over unsuitable trips and is expected to be nearing peak for the longer assignment.

Memorial Service for Riharna

A memorial service for Riharna Thomson will be held on Thursday 16 March at the Gold Creek Chapel, 17 O’Hanlon Pl Nicholls at 11:30am

Riharna was fatally injured in a Canberra trackwork accident on 28 February.

Riharna’s funeral was held in Tamworth on Friday, where more than 150 family, friends and colleagues in the racing industry gathered to pay their last respects.

Canberra Racing This Saturday — A Good Day Out

“A Good Day Out” is the theme for this Saturday’s Canberra race meeting — the only Saturday meeting held by the Canberra Racing Club.

The race day coincides with the Australian Turf Club’s Golden Slipper Day, where Black Opal Stakes winner Trapeze Artist will contend for Slipper honours.

Should he win, it will be the first time a horse has won the Black Opal-Slipper double since Catbird in 1999 — and will add further prestige to the Canberra Group 3 feature.

Saturday’s meeting is the 5th Marymead charity race day.

Fell Swoop To Race In Saturday’s Galaxy

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will take his place in Saturday’s 2017 Galaxy (1100m) Group 1 at Rosehill.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop is fully recovered from the heel injury he received when knuckling out of the barrier in the Oakleigh Plate.

“We are very happy with him and a wet track won’t hurt,” Dale reported from the Canberra track this morning (Tuesday).

Dale has been tossing up between the Galaxy and the William Reid at Moonee Valley the following week — and the Galaxy choice indicates the Not A Single Doubt gelding will be presented at best.

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