COVID-19 Exclusions for Friday 18 June Race Meeting at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra

On 18 June 2021 ACT Health notified of a positive COVID-19 case from New South Wales who visited the ACT on Monday 14 June 2021. The positive case visited a number of venues in the ACT.

In consultation with Racing NSW stewards, the Canberra Racing Club wishes to advise that anyone who has visited any of the below sites at the listed times is excluded from today’s race meeting at Thoroughbred Park.

If you have visited any of these sites, please immediately isolate until further advised by ACT Health.

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview — 18 June 2021

Racing is again conducted on the Acton synthetic, which is a blessing given the amount of rain that’s fallen in the capital. There’s good race depth as we get into the program.  



Race 1 (1206m) Mdn


PEREGRINATION (3) was okay on debut and resumes today as gelding owning a sharp city trial. Gets a low gate and the leading hoop and will take beating.


FEUDALIST (2) debuts and has been well-trialed. He's also Sydney trained and profiles well. Expect a bold run.


Cracking Canberra Preview 18 June 2021 by Neil Evans

*RACE 1 @ 11.55am JOHN MCGRATH AUTO GROUP 2YO MAIDEN HCP (1206m) - Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


We open up a good winter meeting with the youngsters. Keen on 3. PEREGRINATION (Richard Litt/Blaike McDougall; 58kg) who resumes as a gelding off two forward trials. Debuted in a stronger provincial class in January.


Acton Track specialist Polyxena out to capitalise in TAB Federal

Rob Potter will be hoping to take full advantage of the successful return of the Acton Track when his talented mare Polyxena steps out in Friday’s TAB Federal (1206m).

Polyxena who excels on Canberra’s synthetic track will be looking to add to her stellar record of two wins and a second placing from just three starts on the Acton Track and her Trainer Rob Potter thinks she is a great chance to do so.

“She ran well last start on the wet ground, which she doesn’t like” Potter said. “So back to her favourite surface, I really like her chances.”

Go Errol, a part of the Mane Lodge family for 26 years

Asked to inspect Go Errol as a yearling by one of her clients, Group 1 winning Trainer Barbara Joseph declared that the horse in front of her would never win a race.


However, the usually eagle-eyed Joseph was wrong in this instance with the unwanted gelding going on to win no less than 25 races in a career that reaped almost $300,000 in prizemoney spurring Joseph’s client to custom make her a hat with stitching that read “Go Errol – he’ll never win a race”.


Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — 21 May 2021

Racing returned for the winter on the rejuvenated Acton synthetic surface. Promising 2kg apprentice Damon Budler booted home a hat-trick and placed twice and impressed. Kayla Nisbit rode a double. It paid to be on pace but that didn’t stop Catanzaro in the final race — the most impressive winner on the day.


Race 1 (1206m) Open 2


Community Club Volunteers to be celebrated at Thoroughbred Park

The Canberra Racing Club will give away over $1,000 worth of hospitality to well-deserving volunteers of local Community Clubs with the announcement of Community Club Race Day on Friday 18 June 2021. Three competition winners will also gain naming rights to races on the day for their chosen Club.

Members of local Community Clubs are encouraged to attend the meeting in their Club colours with entry into the racecourse free-of-charge to all and prizes to be won for those representing their Club.

Cracking Canberra Preview 21 May 2021 by Neil Evans

*1st Race @ 11.45am


ACTON TRACK (Synthetic) & Rail True:


*RACE 1 @ 11.45am ITP'S GONE WILD 2YO HCP (1206m) - Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


First time back on the synthetic this year, and the babies get first use. Warwick Farm gelding 2. HUMBLE STAR (Gregory Hickman/Jordan Mallyon; 59kg) has enough natural speed to hold the inside, and can progress here off a smart debut win at Muswellbrook.


Winning hopes are more than a Delightful Dream

The first TAB Federal (1080m) on the Acton Track in almost two years will feature a terrific field of solely Canberra-based sprinters including team Joseph Jones’ airborne gelding Delightful Dream.


A winner of three of his six career starts, Delightful Dream will face his greatest test to date on Friday as he steps up in the TAB Federal, a Benchmark 70 over 1080m. The son of Dream Ahead (USA) won his last assignment, a Class 3 over 1000m on Wagga Gold Cup Day in what was a gutsy, last stride victory.