Single Gaze 'Awesome' In Canberra Trial

A decision will be made shortly on the autumn programme for Group 1 winning Canberra mare Single Gaze.

Single Gaze confirmed she was back in career-best order with a dominant win in Friday’s Open trial at Thoroughbred Park.

Allowed to settle early, Single Gaze worked around them and cruised to the line untouched.

Trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze has never trialled better; a sentiment echoed by jockey Kathy O’Hara who came from Sydney to ride.

Black Opal Countdown

The countdown is well and truly on for Canberra’s premier race — the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes on Sunday 5 March 2017.

There are four feature races on ‘Super Sunday’ with almost $900,000 in prize money offered across the eight race program.

Prize money for the Group 3 Black Opal has been lifted to $300,000 making it an even more attractive target for youngsters looking to qualify for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes for 2yos — to be held two weeks later.

Magic Millions Quartet For Canberra

 At least four Magic Million yearlings will be making their way to Canberra.

The 2017 Magic Millions Sales conclude today Tuesday) at the Gold Coast with 55 further lots up for sale in the Book 3 Catalogue.

Leading Canberra trainers, Nick Olive and Matt Dale, both purchased two horses from the Book 1 and 2 Catalogues.

Olive paid $150,000 for a colt by Yarraman Park sire Hinchinbrook out of a Strategic mare. He was one of 28 Hinchinbrook’s sold from Books 1 and 2.

Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner — The Highwayman

Canberra trainer Norm Gardner continues to rack-up the winners

The boutique Canberra yard is striking at nearly 30% in the 2016-17 racing season with 12 winners from 41 runners — and delivering stable followers with a 175% profit on turnover!

Gardner only has 10-12 horses in work at any one time and enjoyed his best-ever season in 2011-12 with 16 winners.

With more than six months until the new season he is well on track to exceed that figure.  

Olive Takes Training Honours

The Nick Olive stable continues its charge up the ACT Trainer Premiership table with two winners on Friday’s Canberra seven race program.

Olive saluted with Alba Go Brath ($7) and Her Name Is Rio ($8) and with 11 Canberra wins for the season is now only one success adrift of the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings combo.  

Dryden-Collings also delivered a win at the meeting when the favourite And There Is More saluted.

Canberra Stables Seek More Highway Success

A damp track looks made to order for Matt Dale-trained Yasnat when she resumes in tomorrow’s Highway Handicap at Warwick Farm.

Canberra-based Dale is seeking his sixth Highway win matching the success of Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn in these restricted events for country-trained gallopers.

Yasnat was formerly trained by Mick Price and last campaign won three of her four starts for Dale on heavy surfaces. She saluted at Moonee Valley and her only miss was her most recent - at Caulfield on a good surface.

Dryden-Collings Maintain Lead In Trainer Premiership

The Keith Dryden–Scott Collings partnership go into the new calendar year atop the ACT Trainer Premiership for the 2016-17 season.

Dryden-Collings have delivered 11 winners in the Capital, two ahead of Nick Olive (9) and last year's Premiership winner Matt Dale (6)

All three yards were in the winners circle at last Thursday’s Christmas meeting at Thoroughbred Park, with Flash In The Dark (Dryden-Collings), Surprise Party (Dale) and Rhomlo (Olive).

John Scorse Tips 29 December


RACE 1: :

PLACE 1: 2 Keep ‘em Guessin’ She was very good first up, races well on her home track, and this race suits

PLACE 2: 4 Unyielding Very consistent of late and chance again

PLACE 3: 5 Red Fender Smart mare in top form looks the likely leader 

PLACE 4: 3 Sammi Jane

RACE 2: 

PLACE 1: 3 Bid of Faith Should be at her peak after three runs this preparation, very well placed at the weights

Canberra Gallopers To Compete In Provincial Championships

Racing NSW has announced that that horses trained in the ACT will be able to race in the Provincial Championships from 2017.

Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V’landys said incorporating ACT trained horses into the Provincial Championships “will greatly strengthen the series of five races.”

All five Country and Provincial Championships Qualifying races will be run for $150,000 in 2017 — and horses can compete in more than one of the heats if they have not qualified for the final by running first, second or third in another.

Norm Gardner On Track For Best Ever Season

 Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner only has a small race-team, but his 2016-17 season strike rate of 28% is up with the best.

Since 1 August, Gardner has started gallopers in 32 races for nine wins — equally his winning record for the entire previous season.

Gardner has 12 boxes and 12 yards which is the maximum he has in work at any one time.

Le Cavalier and Law Of The Land lead Gardner’s win tally with two apiece, but the stable’s highest stakes earner has been Bootlegging off his TAB Highway Plate win at Randwick on 20 August.