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Friday 12 October 2012

Race 1:  3 - 5 - 4

Race 2:  2 - 4 - 3 

Race 3:  4 - 5 - 6

Race 4:  7 - 8 - 5

Race 5:  3 - 2 - 12

Race 6:  12 - 7 - 10

Race 7:  2 - 1 - 8

Race 8:  2 - 1 - 12

Best Bet: Race No.  2  Horse No. 2 Living on a Prayer

Nat King Cu Continues To Impress

By: Simon Dinopoulos 

Whilst torrential rain deterred most from attending Thoroughbred Park last Friday Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive was overjoyed to see progressive galloper Nat King Cu continue to live up to his high expectations.

Sent out the well supported $1.80 favourite after his solid maiden victory two starts back, Nat King Cu proceeded to dominate his rivals scoring by four lengths in the testing wet conditions.

Unanimously Back To Melbourne For Stakes Success

After leaving punters scratching their heads at Rosehill when resuming, stakes winning sprinter Unanimously looks to be back on track to collect his second win in Listed company when he contests Saturday's Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Mooney Valley.

Failing to add to his perfect record fresh, Unanimously showed sharp improvement second up after Canberra based trainer Matt Dale elected to race the gelding in Melbourne.

"Nothing went to plan first up," Dale said.

"He was just badly ridden and nothing worked in his favour that day."

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 17 August 2012

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 17 August

Weather Forecast
Min 2 Max 11 Rain developing. Canberra area Cloudy. Rain developing during the morning, easing to isolated showers by early evening. Winds northwesterly and light, increasing to 20 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day, then easing.

Race 1: 9 - 10 - 8

Race 2: 1 - 3 - 4

Race 3: 2 - 3 - 6

Race 4: 1 - 2 - 8

Race 5: 5 - 3 - 2

Race 6: 10 - 7 - 11

Race 7: 5 - 4 - 9

Race 8: 3 - 8 - 7

Best Bet: Race No. 5 Horse No. 5 Notjustaprettyface

Spackman Trio To Canberra

By Jared Dorrington

Goulburn based trainer Graeme Spackman will take a three horse team to Canberra tomorrow and is expecting strong showings from at least two of them. Spackman has high hopes for Murials Spirit and Via Facile who will both be racing fourth-up at Thoroughbred Park.

Six-year-old Murials Spirit will contest the opening race of the Canberra meeting – a Benchmark 65 Handicap (1206m).

Canberra Prize Money 2012/2013

The Canberra Racing Club will increase prize money for the financial year commencing 1 July 2012.

 During the financial year the Club will conduct 25 race meetings 17 of which will be on the Turf Course Proper and 8 race meetings on the Acton (synthetic) Track.

Prize money for standard races on the turf course proper will be $15,000 for Open Class and Benchmark races and $14,000 for Maiden and 2yr Old Class races.

 Prize money for standard races on the Acton track will be $13,000 up from $11,000 commencing from 1 August.

Twice as nice for Wiggins

Peter Wiggins is confident Salander can give him a second Canberra Horse Of The Year title after stablemate Turbo Hemi won the esteemed award two seasons ago.

The four-year-old has saluted the judge on three occasions this season, finishing as the runner-up a further four times from her 11 starts.

Wiggins believes a win in next Friday's meeting at Thoroughbred Park will wrap up the award for the Moscow Ballet mare.

Zaratone hits a high note

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is concerned what impact the soft surface at Wagga will have on his star gallopers tilt at tomorrow’s $65,000 Wagga Town Plate.

The Wagga track is currently rated at a slow-6 and is expected to stay that way for tomorrow’s meeting which will not benefit the six-year-old.

Zaratone has won once from four starts on slow tracks, but that sole win came over two-and-a-half years ago in a much weaker class race at Queanbeyan.

Nriangi after picket fence at Randwick

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones trained Nriangi will be searching for his fourth successive victory when he lines up for his first metropolitan class race at Randwick on Monday.

The Untouchable gelding has proven just that in his past three outings with his most impressive coming last start at Canberra when he saluted the judge by a five-length margin.

Nriangi will line-up in the Sharp Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m) on Monday, with Jones expecting a forward showing from the four-year-old who has retained the same jockey from his past three wins.

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