Popular Partnership Heads to Brisbane

High class Canberra-trained mare Single Gaze and her jockey partner Kathy O’Hara will continue their association in Brisbane on Saturday.

Single Gaze will recommence her campaign in the Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben where Canberra-trained Maryore will also compete.

Trainer Nick-Olive says Single Gaze travelled up with Maryore and arrived “really well”.   

Olive says Single Gaze got a clod in the eye when running a last start third in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on 25 March and had to be treated for a week.

The little son that could

A chance love affair between a 2yo colt, who jumped the paddock fence for a romantic liaison resulted in Robert Potter’s runner in the John McGrath Auto Group 1200 B64 Handicap to be born late November in 2011.  The sire, Best as Zariz, has since been gelded hence the name for the 5 year old starter, One Son.

Maryore To Race at Doomben Saturday

Provincial Championship winner Maryore arrived in the Gold Coast this morning and will race in Saturday’s Tails Stakes at Doomben (Listed 1600m).

Canberra trainer Phillip Courtney says Maryore pulled exceptionally well from her commanding win at Randwick and the decision was taken to take up the Doomben challenge.

“This will be were her biggest test to date but she deserves her opportunity and if she performs well we’ll look at others races up there,” Courtney says.

“She has won up to 1800m and has come through the trip to Queensland in fine order.

Mercurial Lad Heads To The Wagga Guineas

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones-trained Mercurial Lad took another leap winning the TAB.com.au Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.

The up-and-coming Canberra galloper responded to the gear changes to record a strong on-speed performance and will now go on to the Wagga Guineas in two weeks time.

Mercurial Lad had won his previous two races but had run off the track and trialled to the steward’s satisfaction in the new gear at the Sapphire Coast prior to the Randwick run.

Fell Swoop Looking To Scale Greater Heights

The richest turf race in the world is on the radar for star Canberra Sprinter Fell Swoop.

Trainer Matt Dale is looking to find a spot for Fell Swoop in the $10m Everest at Randwick on 14 October (1200m).

The race will have 12 runners at weight-for age and local and international buyers were able to purchase a ‘slot’ in the race for $1.8m over the next three years — $600,000 per year.

The slots have been sold and the ‘owners’ will be able to trade their positions or partner with owners who do not have a slot.

Canberra Stables Dominate Provincial Championship Final

Canberra justified its place in this year’s Provincial Championships with local stables winning and placing third in the rich Randwick contest.

Phillip Courtney-trained Maryore ($20) came from back in the field to race away with the event providing Courtney with his biggest training success.

The Keith Dryden-Scott Collings-trained Ziganui also came from the back to secure third at even longer odds.

“It’s a big thrill and it’s the biggest day for our stable and the biggest day for the owners,” Courtney said.

“I’ve been training probably about five years now.

Provincial Championship title comes to Canberra

An enviable win has certainly put Canberra on the map for the Provincial Championships with a 1-3 finish on Saturday at Randwick.  The Keith Dryden/Scott Collings trained Ziganui finished fast in third place, but it was Phillip Courtney’s Maryore that stunned the crowd with a blistering finish to take out the Provincial Championships.

Maryore, a magic millions purchase had raced in Adelaide at the start of her career for 3 wins until owners decided to bring her to Canberra, attracted by better prize money and racing.

Racing in the Capital Friday 7 April 2017

6 Canberra trainers are listed in the top 20 Country trainers premiership in NSW, including Gratz Vella who will back up Orange Time in the Benchmark 65 at Canberra tomorrow.  The 6yo Bon Hoffa Mare has pulled up so well from Wagga Wagga a week ago where she ran 2nd has convinced Gratz Vella that she deserves another chance for the win, and is quietly confident from an ideal barrier and Kayla Nisbet on board.

Just A Blur Seeking Back-To-Back Wagga Town Plates — Trainer Paul Jones

Canberra’s Joseph-Jones partnership is confident quality mare Just A Blur is on track for a back-to-back wins in the Wagga Town Plate.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says Just A Blur was unlucky at her second-up run in the David Wallace City Handicap 1175m on the heavy track at Albury — a surface she doesn’t enjoy.

“We are keeping her to shorter trips this campaign and she is likely to have her Town-Plate lead-up run in Sydney on Saturday week, where there are three or for options for her,” Jones says.

Fell Swoops second swipe at the TJ Smith

Randwick has been rated a Heavy 9 for Saturdays race meeting and Matt Dale believes this will suit Fell Swoop, who will attempt Group 1 victory for the 9th time. 

Jumping from Barrier 6 in the TJ Smith, with a super star jockey from Brazil, Joao Moreira on board, the gelding is looking to break the drought and go one better than last year where he came second to Chautauqua (Barrier 11) in the $2,500,000 weight-for-age 1200m sprint.