Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Friday 9 April 2021

They raced on a Good 4 with the rail out 4m from the 1000m to the 380m providing a cutaway at the straight entrance. Blaike McDougall rode a treble and Brodie Loy a double. McDougall has a massive lead in the ACT Jockey Premiership with 27 winners this season, 18 wins ahead of his nearest rivals.  Keith Dryden had a winner on the day and heads the ACT Trainer Premiership with 19 wins over Matt Dale 13 and the Sydney Waterhouse-Bott partnership on 11.


Race 1 (1200m) Open 2


Perfect opportunity to find elusive win

Perfect Pitch may have found the perfect race in Friday’s TAB Federal (1200m). The Keith Dryden-trained mare was second behind the Zelago last start on John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day and second three starts back in a TAB Highway. The renowned bridesmaid has won just twice in her 36 start career but there is no doubting her talent given her $251,848 in earnings and 15 placings.

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — 31 March 2021


The Rail was back in the true position and the track predominantly suited on-pacers — and there were some keen finishes. Local mentor Matt Dale trained a double as did the Sydney training partnership Waterhouse-Bott. Punters got it fairly right, with King Ratel the only upset, recorded in Race 5.


Race 1 (1400m) MDN


Valiant Lad (1st) ran a clear $2.20 favourite from Dubai Centre and Meladia — with the former drifting from $3.50.

Cracking Canberra Preview 31 March 2021 by Neil Evans

*1st Race @ 1.44pm


Track around Soft 5/6 & Rail back in the True


*RACE 1 @ 1.44pm NVS PAVING & LANDSCAPING MAIDEN HCP (1400m) - Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


The maidens get us rolling. Metro three-year-old 4. VALIANT LAD (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott/Lee Magorrian; 58.5kg) held his ground okay on debut when rock solid in the market, and can naturally improve over more ground.


The Unknown Factor in the TAB Federal

Flashy grey The Unknown Factor enters this Wednesday’s TAB Federal (1000m) at Thoroughbred Park second up on Soft ground, a formula that saw the Gratz Vella-trained galloper score by over 2 lengths last preparation. While he faces stiffer competition than he did last time around in a Class 1, the gelding by The Factor (USA) has proven that he has a great will to win, putting together three victories in a row during his last preparation.

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review— 17 March 2021

The Canberra track was rated a Soft 6 and looked it to the eye, but the times were generally okay. Leaders and on-pacers prevailed mostly with the rail out 9m. The wins of Land Ahoy and Port Douglas in the final two races are worth highlighting. Matt Dale took training honours with a double.


 Race 1 (1000m) CL1


The most-bet gallopers made the first four but not quite in the order punters expected.