Fell Swoops Summer campaign

Canberra trainer Matt Dale may handpick races through until autumn for Fell Swoop follow the sprinters pleasing return to racing.

Fell Swoop was beaten less than a length in the Absolut Stakes at Flemington on Oaks Day forced to race on the worst part of the track.   

Dale was confident pre-race that the gelding could turn his form around and believes with a better gate he could have run first two.

Dale is still tossing up whether to progress to the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.

Berry booked to ride The Swoop

Fell Swoop will return to the race track in tomorrow (Thursday) in the Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

The Oaks Day return has been well anticipated for the now 7 - year- old and a trip to Perth for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes is a possibility if the sprinter shows form.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop arrived in Melbourne this morning in good order and says the sting out of the ground it perfect.

Dale says the set weight conditions of the Absolute suits and the gelding looks and feels as good as he's been in a long time.

Pick a Winner on Cup Day

The Canberra Racing Club is set for one of its biggest race days of the year and

punters will be challenged by competitive fields all day.

Race 8, the $40,00 TAB Federal as drawn a sharp line-up at BM 60 level, with the Nick Olive-trained DREAMING OF BISCAY making strong appeal.   

The filly has won here and has plenty to give off the lip defeat FU. She had come off Group company at the Gold Coast and looks to have a bit on these at best.

Committee Announcement

As required under Clause 20(a) of the Constitution, at the first Committee meeting after the AGM, the Committee elect one of its members to be Chairman, one to be Vice Chairman and one to be Treasurer.

Olive off to a flying start

Trainer Nick Olive has made a flying start to the 2018-19 Canberra racing season with nine winners in the capital at a strike rate of 28.1%.

He’s forged to a three win lead over last years Premiers Keith Dryden - Scott Collings, with Matt Dale three wins further back.

Rejuvenated Tony Campbell Cup winner Bring A Secret has led the Olive Canberra charge with two wins.

Six of the winners have come on the course proper at a strike rate of 35% and a profit on turnover for stable followers of 52%.

Melbourne Cup Mania

A trip to Paris, Her Canberra gift packs to the first 500 people through the gates, happy hour drinks and racing action is all on offer for the upcoming TAB Melbourne Cup Race Day and more, promises the new Acting CEO Andrew Clark of the Canberra Racing Club, with a focus on spoiling the ladies for the race that stops the nation. 

Fell Swoop back on track for Melbourne

Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will make his return to racing in Melbourne on Cup week.

The now seven-year-old Fell Swoop was last seen when running down the track in the Group 1 TJ Smith at Randwick and Dale says he’s benefitted greatly from the long break.

“His coat is much better and he’s as free-moving as I have seen him for some time, Dale says.  

“He’s jumped out and has won a Moruya barrier trial and is ready to go.

“There are two Listed races on the Tuesday and Thursday of Cup week that we have our eye on.

Todd Smart purchases half brother to Miss Vista

Canberra trainer Todd Smart is “excited” with his purchase at yesterday’s Inglis 2yo ready to run sale at Warwick Farm.
Smart paid $62,500 for a Whittington colt out of Gee Trump who left the spectacularly marked Victorian flyer Miss Vista and Joe Cleary’s handy galloper Up Trumpz. 
Smart said the un-named colt is strong, athletic, and composed and from a good family.
“We had our eye on a number at the sale, but these were whittled down after seeing them on the day. 

Club farewells Peter Stubbs

Written By: Don Mackay Media and Communications, Racing And Sports.  Image courtesty of Canberra Times.

One of the great champions of thoroughbred racing retires on Tuesday (16 October) after decades of service to the industry.

Peter Stubbs has served as CEO at the Canberra Racing Club in December 2006 after eight years as deputy CEO responsible for racing and corporate bookmaker operations.

Peter was born to racing, and brought a unique ground-up experience to his administration roles.

‘A Bushy From Hay’

Spunlago Can Deliver Fairytale In Tony Campbell Cup

Outgoing Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs will officiate at his final race meeting on Friday and it could be a fairytale ending for the respected administrator.

Stubbs is a part owner of Spunlago, who is trained at Albury by his brother Ron. The gelding presents as a leading chance in the feature TAB Federal Tony Campbell Memorial Cup (1400m).

Spunlago was formerly trained by Archie Alexander and spelled following his win in a BM 78 at Moonee Valley, beating the well-performed Sin To Win.