Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Sunday 15 November 2020

The track was assessed a Good 4 and this was upgraded to a Good 3 after the first race. The winners came from wider out the last few but the track raced well giving every horse its chance. Good competitive racing after a couple of small fields to kick things off. The Dryden barn again took training honours with two winners — the impressive Wandonna and the Federal winner Balonne who beat the favoured stablemate. The jockey honours were shared.



Race 1 (1000m) 2yo Open


Lolita Gold at the End of the Rainbow

A double at Queanbeyan on Monday followed by a Lolita Gold victory in this Sunday’s TAB Federal over the 1600m would represent a significant turn around in fortunes for the Neil Osborne stable. Call Me Artie & Off To War were fantastic winners at Queanbeyan and were almost joined by another stablemate, Ronny Rock Art who ran a fantastic second placing. Less than half a length off a treble, things are starting to fall into place for Neil Osborne’s team. 

The Road to the Jericho

From Mornington to Randwick, Cranborne to Gosford, Ballarat to Griffith – the second annual running of the Road to the Jericho has attracted war horses from far and wide. The stayers test over the 3400m holds extra significance for connections with ballot exemption for the winner into the $300,000 Jericho Cup on Sunday 29 November at Warrnambool up for grabs. The Jericho Cup over 4600m commemorates a fantastic ANZAC story. The first ever Jericho Cup was ran on the desert sands of Gallipoli in 1918 and was won by a literal warhorse, Bill The Bastard. 

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview — Sunday 15 November 2020

The Rail is out 7m the Entire and looking at the weather forecast it’s unlikely to race any worse. There’s a real spring feel about the meeting. Plenty of deep races and Sydney gallopers accepted. The Federal is the strongest we’ve seen in a while and creates plenty of interest.


Race 1 (1000m) 2yo Open


Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Tuesday 3 November 2020

The Canberra course proper came up a Soft 7 and was upgraded to a Soft 6 after Race 4. As the program unfolded it was clear the better ground was wider than centre and this determined the outcome of a number of races. It was a big day out for veteran Canberra jockey Brendan Ward who booted home 4 winners for 4 different trainers.   



Race 1 (2000m) BM60


Virtual Fashions on the Field Passes with Flying Colours

It was a first Tuesday in November like no other, with would be race-goers forced to get inventive to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day. From Flemington to Canberra, fashionistas donned their fascinators and matching attire at home to participate in the Thoroughbred Park Virtual Fashions on the Field – ‘Melbourne Cup Day – Colour it your way!”.

Cracking Canberra Preview 3 November 2020 by Neil Evans

*Race 1 @ 12.23pm CUSTOM PLUMBING HCP (2000m) - Benchmark 60; Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


We start a bumper Melbourne Cup day card over the staying journey. Keen at the value on 6YO Goulburn gelding 5. DELUDE (Tash Burleigh/Ms Amy McLucas a2kg; 55kg) who has been in and around the money all prep, and worked home strongly in his last couple. This is barely harder than the BM 58 grade he's been tackling and can peak here.


A Royal Recent Record

In his eight starts since joining the John Rolfe stable, Royal Monarch has amassed three victories and a further four minor placings. His only miss came in the form of a 4th placing in a TAB Federal after copping a significant check. A win in the Mollymook Cup (1200m) on the 18th of October at Nowra was a fantastic reward for connections after picking up the son of Shamus Award for just $1,500. Trainer John Rolfe said a change in environment has been the catalyst for the gelding’s sharp improvement.