<p>The application of blinkers sparked Trapeze Artist to a career best display in the 2017 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on Sunday. The Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist flew under the radar heading into the Black Opal Stakes with stablemate and favourite Chauffeur attracting the most attention. What ensued was a clinical win for the lesser fancied stable runner with Ryan putting Trapeze Artist’s sharp improvement down to the application of blinkers. “He’s always had the talent,” Ryan said.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Dark Eyes has won a hard fought Canberra Cup, holding out a strong challenge from Melbourne visitor Cool Chap.
Dark Eyes was sent around favourite and travelled nicely in behind the leaders in what was a strongly contested Canberra Cup.
After settling back in the field for Brenton Avdulla, Cool Chap was on the move before the corner and on straightening looked to be travelling best to the outside of Dark Eyes and Red Excitement who was under pressure to hold his spot.
Emerging three-year-old Eusebio confirmed his promise when proving a class above in the Listed Canberra Guineas on Sunday.
While stepping up sharply in grade, Eusebio was sent out the market elect and proceeded to upstage the Team Snowden trained Eusebio and his well-performed stablemate Bryneich.
Continuing a fantastic weekend for jockey Tommy Berry, Eusebio didn’t have the clearest passage in the straight, but once clear he really displayed a sharp turn of foot.
“When he made a commitment to go, he let him rip,” Trainer John O’Shea said.
A Queensland winter carnival campaign may beckon for Gold Symphony after the four-year-old won the Listed Casino Canberra 2017 National Sprint at Canberra Racecourse.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding finished too strongly for a quality field to defeat the topweight Happy Clapper and Handfast.
With less than five months to go in the 2016-17 racing season, Matt Cahill leads Brendan Ward by two wins in the ACT jockey premiership.
Cahill (14) and Ward (12) just head apprentice Brock Ryan (10) with a three win gap to the next contenders.
Ryan has steadily improved his standing and is striking at 19% in the capital and has been a punters pal securing followers a 100% profit on turnover.
Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze has pleased the stable since her first-up run and will go into Saturdays Group 1 2017 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in tip-top condition.
Olive says Single Gaze did everything that could have been asked of her resuming over 1300m in the 2017 Group 2 Millie Fox and the longer trip suits.
Single Gaze had trialled very well at Canberra prior behind Matt Dale–trained sprinter Fell Swoop.
The Canberra Racing Club is deeply saddened to advise that Riharna Thomson passed away this morning from injuries sustained in a tragic accident on Tuesday morning whilst riding a horse in track work at Thoroughbred Park.
Riharna was a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride track work and was recently promoted to the position of Stable Foreman. She was a young and enthusiastic horse lover who was well respected and loved amongst the local stable fraternity.
Twenty two nominations have been received for Sunday’s $300,000 Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes (1200m).
Many are strong fancies for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes to be run at Rosehill two weeks later.
These include the flying Queenslander Houtzen who is currently on the second-line of Slipper betting at $8.0 and Gerald Ryan’s Menari ($8.50) and Chauffeur ($16.0).
The Peter and Paul Snowden yard have three entered, Kahn, Invader and Gunnison.
Four Victorian stables have nominated runners for Sunday’s $200,000 TAB.com.au Canberra Cup (2000m).
They are Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Cool Chap, Cindy Alderson’s O’Lonero, Survived from the Archie Alexander stable and Red Alto — Paul Banks.
Twenty-two nominations have been received for the Cup including last start winners Classic Uniform (Gary Moore) and Dark Eyes (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bolt).