Canberra Racing Review 5 April 2019


They raced on a soft 5 and it was a very competitive days racing.

The $40,000 Federal saw a blow-out result with Friskee One saluting at $41.0 setting up a trifecta in excess of $4.000.  

XXXX GOLD BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

PRINCE JACKO ($3.80) was the one punters came to on track and he duly obliged for the Dryden-Collings training partnership with Blaike McDougall in the saddle. Prince Jacko led has he liked at a steady gallop tailed by FISCAL POLICY ($4.20) and he showed plenty of grit to hold that galloper off. 

BARBARA MARY ($6.0) was the eye catching run. She was last and widest on the turn and finished if stoutly for third. She’s one to keep onside especially over a bit longer. 

ZUZZUDIO had good support again but overraced in the middle stages.

TREASURY WINE ESTATES BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

GOLD TOUCH ($41) delivered on of the two big upsets on the program. She was resuming for Luke Pepper off the Maiden win at the Sapphire Coast. She sat back and made a sustained run to be widest on the turn and maintained that to deliver an easy 3.3L win. RUN LIKE A REBEL ($6.5) came through on the rail to lead on turning and held then at bay for second. GLAMOUR CRUISE and the favourite MAID IN MILAN ran-on okay. 

It was a big effort by Gold Touch and she will be winning more races based on that performance.

CANPRINT MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

Favourite backers were back on track with WHO’S SHOUT ($3.50) winning for Norm Gardner, with jockey Blaike McDougall making it a double. Who’s Shout sat three wide at the rear and improved wide from the 600m and despite being a bit green came hard to beat TIMANDJACK ($4.80) who was backed in from $6.50 and showed a ton of fight from the front. They were well ahead of the others headed by TRIBBIANI $8.0) who settled more forward. 

The favourite READY’S GIRL was checked near the 1000m and lost ground and failed to run on. She may be worth another chance. Billy Owen rode Timandjack half a kilo above the allotted weight.   

AFFINITY CONSTRUCTIONS AUSTRALIA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

COMPACTOR $2.1) and BIG BAD BRUCE ($3.60) looked the two on paper and the market concurred.  Compactor had strong backing and settled midfield in a good spot, while Big Bad Bruce missed the kick and found himself out the back 10L from the lead. 

Compactor moved into it well and collared the leader ON THE FLOOR ($101) at the 100m to win by 1.5L from Bruce who put in an eye catcher storming home from last at the turn. They were promising efforts by the pair. 

On The Floor was hustled along to lead and gave a great sight belying her odds. 

SEEARS WORKWEAR CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (2000 METRES)

RIVER OF GOLD ($7.0) came up from Albury and made the jump from Maidens relishing the lift to the middle distance. There was a stack of pace early and River Of Gold sat well back and was 3L last on turning. 

The filly thundered down the outside to beat CASS AND BLACK ($12) and IRON BARK ($12) who missed the kick and is one to keep onside next time. The winner was very impressive all the same.  

The favourite GALAHAD’S QUEST ($3.0) sat on the rail just off the speed and was held up on turning and in the early part of the straight. He tended to lay out just battling after. 

GEOCON CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

MONTE MAJURA ($3.2) and MAJOR TIME ($2.80) looked the two to beat and they had contrasting fortunes.  The grey Monte Majura worked from the wide gate to sit on the leader TUNNEL RAT ($21) with Major Time next back on the rail. Monte burst to the lead in the straight and came away fro an impressive 2L win building on the near miss here previously.

Major Time was well positioned after being crowded early, but didn’t come on and pulled up with an issue. He’s much better than that and will be sent for a spell.

Tunnel Rat stuck on for second just holding out the fast finishing THE FANCYJONES GIRL ($10) and a win might be just around the corner for her. Monte is tough and keeps getting better and is sure to win more races.   

TAB FEDERAL - BENCHMARK 70 HANDICAP (1300 METRES)

Blaike McDougall rode his third winner on the day booting home the longshot FRISKEE ONE ($41) for Neil Osborne in the Federal.  Friskee One hadn’t done a lot the two runs back and was neglected by punters at their peril. 

Friskee One was slow out and settled back and was the widest runner at the turn with DENMISS ($11). The mare made a sustained run and post-race had to withstand a protest from Denmiss; her rider alleging interference at the 100m.   

The favourite CHEWBACCA ($2.80) had to do a power of work from the side gate to settle out side the leader on a solid tempo. It looked his race on turning but the early effort told. LOST COMMAND ($9.50) placed third and was disappointed for a run at the 250m. EMERALD FORTUNE (421) finished the race off well.

JOHN MCGRATH AUTO GROUP BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

The favourite PIERINO ($2.60) sat on the pace and looked to have every chance. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. The race was deservedly taken out by FUN TICKETS ($5.50) who sat midfield  early, one off the rail.  

He was another winner to come wide in the straight and held off a determined effort from VERTEX ($6.50) out even wider. INCH PERFECT ($18) came through the centre and was good in third.  Things didn’t quite work out for HIGH STREET ($6.0) and he may be worth another chance.