Premiership winners for 2016/2017

Trainer Nick Olive and Jockey Brendan Ward added to their ACT premiership tallies when the 1016-17 racing season wound up at Canberra of Friday.

Olive looked out of the race mid-season but came home with a wet sail scoring trebles at the last two meetings to top the Keith-Dryden–Scott Collings yard by 3 wins.

To add to the merit the Olive stable achieved a 24% strike rate on the Canberra course proper and 25% on the Acton synthetic.

Single Gaze Back In Work

Good news for Single Gaze’s legion of fans.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive reports the star mare has come back to work in tremendous order and has improved again.

Olive says Single Gaze worked along very well on Tuesday and will get down to more serious work next week.

He says she will race exclusively in Melbourne during the spring.

“She has never been down there before and it will be her first experience the Melbourne way,” Olive says.

Top Stables Flex Canberra Premiership Muscle

With the 2016-17 ACT Trainer Premiership on the line the two front-running stables have powerful representation at Friday’s season-ending meeting at Canberra.

Nick Olive goes into the day with a one win lead over the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership.

Olive has accepted with 11 horses, including a couple of emergencies, and Dryden Collings with 9, including a double acceptor.

Highway Decision Deferred For At Least Three Months

Racing NSW has deferred for at least three months a decision on whether Canberra trainers maintain their “country” status.

This follows a meeting between the Canberra Racing Club and Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys and chairman Russell Balding.

Peter V’landys says the meeting was “productive” and that the club had “put forward a concise presentation”.

He said Racing NSW had agreed to defer any decision for “at least three months” to give the Racing NSW Board time to consider the club’s presentation.    

Dale's weekend of racing

Matt Dale has 3 runners at Randwick on Saturday and expects his up and comer Clipper to perform well after her last start at Caulfield where she came an admirable third.   Dale made the decision to rest her for an additional week after her arrival back at the Canberra stables to recuperate and she will head to Sydney to compete against older mares in the Benchmark 85 over 1100m.  An ideal barrier and in-form jockey Tim Clark with 55 kilos may be the perfect combination.

Canberra Premiership Showdown

With just one Canberra meeting remaining in the 2016-17 racing season, the ACT Trainer and Jockey Premierships will go down to the wire.

It was a day of doubles and trebles for leading contenders for both awards at Friday’s meeting.  The new Acton surface again performed outstandingly giving every horse a chance and providing tip-top racing.

Trainer Nick Olive continued his late season burst with three winners and now tops the Trainers Premiership with 24 wins, one ahead of season front runner Keith Dryden/Scott Collings who managed one win on the day.

Canberra Trainer Luke Pepper Records First Sydney Quinella

Canberra trainer Luke Pepper quinelled the final race at Canterbury on Wednesday much to the delight a large contingent of owners. Viceroy ($3.2) just nudged out Erins Zar ($13.0) in a tight go and Pepper said the win was well deserved. “We got Viceroy as a tried horse and he hasn’t put a foot wrong,” he said. “He hadn’t shown a lot on wet tracks and we were a bit worried when the rain came, but I just said to Hughie (jockey Hugh Bowman) ‘you just go and ride him as he is’ — and the ride won the race.

Overseas stint for Loy

Jockey Brodie Loy will have to improve on his French with the jockey locked in to ride for a month in New Caledonia.  Brodie has 8 rides in Canberra on Friday and will depart in the days following to work under the guidance of New Calledonia trainer M. Boufenchenadir. 

“I’m treating it like a working holiday” Loy said.  “I will still ride trackwork as well, so even though I will be riding less I should still keep my weight down and keep fit, but I am definitely looking forward to the warmer weather and a bit of R&R”. 

Barbara Joseph Makes Darwin Carnival Return

It’s been many moons since Canberra trainer Barbara Joseph has had a runner at the Darwin Carnival — but that changes Saturday when Overdane takes his place in the Toxfree Handicap (13000m) at Fannie Bay.

Now in partnership with her son Paul Jones, Joseph enjoyed big race success in the nineties at Darwin with firstly McJoey, who took out the 2001 Darwin Cup and then Mukareena who saluted in the 2006 Palmerston Sprint.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says the former Hong Kong galloper Overdane performs best on dirt tracks and won six times in Hong Kong.

Canberra Premierships Ding Dong Battles— Two Meetings Remaining

The ACT Jockey and Trainer premierships will go down to the wire with just with just two Canberra meetings to be run before the end of the 2016-17 racing season.

Cowra-based Matt Cahill and Canberra’s Brendan Ward will fight out the jockey title with Cahill (19) holding a two-win lead over Ward (17).

The trainer premiership is even tighter with the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership (22) sitting just one win ahead of the late surging Nick Olive (21).

Matt Dale sits third on 13 Canberra winners but will have to weave plenty of magic to catch the above pair.