Friday 18 January Race Day Preview

Race By Race Canberra Preview – January 18th

Racegoers and punters need to be alert that with 39 degrees forecast in Canberra the meeting kicks off at the early time of 10:15am.

There’s been solid acceptances with a number of Sydney and provincial trainers accepting runners.

In Race 5 the Peter and Paul Snowden yard will present an interesting debutant  URALLA KINGDOM by Camelot was beaten a nose in a recent Randwick trial and the stable has an enviable record this venue.

Mercurial Lad Spearheads Strong Canberra Results

Mercurial Lad Spearheads Strong Canberra Results


Mercurial Lad winning at Randwick on Saturday spearheaded some strong results for Canberra-trained runners over the weekend.


The Joseph and Jones-trained runner contested the Australian Turf Club Benchmark 78 Handicap (1550m), the final event of the nine race card at Randwick.


From a wide draw, the son of Pendragon broke well for apprentice Sam Weatherley and was taken straight to the front.


Race By Race Canberra Preview – January 4

Race By Race Canberra Preview – January 4
Race by race preview for the seven event program conducted at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park on January 4.
Friday’s Canberra meeting is the first of two twilight programs hosted by the club through January with the next scheduled for the 18th.
Doctor Zous ventures south for his debut after turning heads in a Kembla Grange barrier trial last month.

Fell Swoop tops winning weekend for Matt Dale

The stars aligned on Saturday for classy Canberra-trained sprinter Fell Swoop.

Somewhat of a come-back kid, Fell Swoop recorded a resounding win in the listed Razor Sharp at Randwick, leading throughout with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

As we alerted on this website, Dale believed Fell Swoop was the best he’s had him for a couple of years.

Given that, the Group performed galloper found the right grade well-weighted, his preferred soft track conditions and he was gifted a comfortably lead.

Fell Swoop is Razor Sharp

Canberra-trainer Matt Dale will tackle the Listed Razor Sharp 1200m on Saturday with his class sprinter Fell Swoop.

Fell Swoop made an excellent return to racing when beaten close-up In the Century Stakes at Flemington on 8 November.

Dale was delighted with the 7yo gelding’s performance, confirming his belief that the horse had come back to racing in excellent order.

Ten runners have accepted for the Randwick feature with Cradle Mountain sure to be well-fancied down in the weights seeking the hat-trick.

Committee Announcement

The Committee of the Canberra Racing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Clark as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Club.

Andrew has been acting in the role since the retirement of long serving CEO Peter Stubbs in October 2018 and will assume the role effective immediately.

Rotary donate funds raised from car parking at Thoroughbred Park

The Rotary Club of Australia have announced the recipients of the funds raised via Canberra Racing Club Melbourne Cup race day parking attendants. The $5 parking fee for vehicles utilising Thoroughbred Park’s carparks are:

L’Arche - Assist adults with disabilities to live independently in a home in Chifley. The Woden Rotary Club is looking to commit funds for the refurbishment of the home.

Norm Gardner to give promising Carruthers another run before spelling

Canberra trainer Norm Gardner has decided to give his promising I Am Invincible 3yo colt Carruthers one more run before spelling, with the Country Championships in March the target.

Gardner says Carruthers with line up at Wagga on December 11 needing a win to raise his benchmark for more ambitious races.

“He’s a nice horse in the making and you can forget the latest at Canberra when he choked down,” he said.

”We’ve worked him since with a tongue tie and that’s done the trick.”

Canberra stables tackle rich Country Classic

Canberra will have strong representation in Saturday’s $125,000 The Country Classic at Rosehill over 2000m

The Barbara Joseph- Paul and Matt Jones -trained gelding D’BEAK placed third in the feature last year and should be cherry ripe third up in his preparation to build on that effort.

He draws low and the 3kg apprentice Rebeka Prest in the saddle.

Garry Kirkup will present LA BIERE CHOISIE in the Classic seeking a hat-trick off clear-cut Albury wins at 1500m, finishing the races off strongly.