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.

Quirky and in form Onthetake

Canberra Trainer Doug Gorrel’s patience looks to have paid off with the recent form of Onthetake. Having entered his yard from Clare Cunningham’s stable, Gorrel’s moody mare has amazingly finished worse than fourth in just one of her past 14 starts. Entered in this Wednesday’s TAB Federal, Onthetake will be hunting her fourth win for the 2020/2021 season and Gorrel thinks she is well placed to do so.

Canberra Carnival delivers something for everyone

The Canberra Day public holiday held TAB Canberra Cup Day has gone from strength to strength in its second year as a family focused race day. The combination of excitement of live racing and an abundance of kids' activities proved to be a big hit with day 2 of the Canberra Carnival, TAB Canberra Cup Day enjoyed by many mums, dads, grandparents and kids.

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — 8 March 2021

The track was downgraded from a Good 4 to a Slow 5 after race 1. It was further downgraded to a Soft 6 after Race 5. Following Race 2 the rail was moved out a further 3m from the 650m to the 280m where a cutaway applied entering the straight.


Despite various interruptions the racing was keen with the highlight Equation’s win in the strong Guineas. Mr Marathon Man delivered an upset in the Cup beating home the three best-supported runners. Jason Collett rode a double. Four of the races were taken out by local stables.