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.

Dryden-Collins Continue First Season Success

The winners keep flowing for the Keith Dryden-Scott Collins training partnership.

Since the coming together at the commencement of the 2016-17 racing season, the stable has delivered 21 first placings and currently sits atop of the ACT Trainer Premiership with 10 wins in the capital and equal second on the NSW Country Trainer Premiership.

Canberra-based Dryden says “things haven’t gone quite as expected” — but on the positive side.

Sunday Canberra Delivered Winners All Around

With beautiful weather and the track in tip-top order punters had a field day at Canberra on Sunday.

Sky and Canberra Race Club tipster John Scorse tipped the card! And Canberra-based trainers won five of the seven races.

The Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership trained a double with Chadana winning the first race and Ziganui saluting in Race 7.

The newly-formed combo have now scorched to the lead in the 2016-17 Canberra Trainers Premiership with (10) winners from 46 starters at a very respectable strike-rate of 21.7%.

Sunday racing in the Capital

The second last race meeting of the year is this Sunday at Thoroughbred Park and traditionally is one of the major Christmas Party race days where various local businesses celebrate their end of year parties.   Almost 700 people have booked in on Sunday which will no doubt provide great atmosphere for the Summer race meeting.

Joseph-Jones Set For A Winning Weekend

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones Canberra stable looks set for a big weekend with strong winning chances at both Cootamundra (Saturday) and Canberra (Sunday).

At Cootamundra, D’Beak is sure to be well fancied in Race 3. Stable representative Zane Jones says D’Beak is a striking individual who just missed last time at Moruya off Highway Handicap form.

“We have always has a bit of time for him and this looks a very suitable assignment,” Jones says.

Canberra Quartet For Saturday’s Highway

Canberra continues to have strong representation in the TAB Highway Handicaps with four runners accepted for Saturday’s CL2 event at Rosehill over 1100m.

Luke Pepper–trained Iltextya will carry a feather weight with apprentice James Innes Jnr aboard.

Iltextya comes off a 4.5L Maiden win at Queanbeyan where she ran a hot favourite and looks capable of competing strongly on Saturday despite the rise in class.  

She shares the highest last start rating in the race with the likely favourite — the Sue Grills-trained Fickle Folly.

Increased Prize Money Package For Canberra Racing

The Canberra Racing Club has announced a three month trial of increased prize money and benefits commencing on the 29 December 2016 meeting.

On and from that date, the minimum prize money for any race will be $20,250, but in addition prize money from 5th to 10th placing will be a minimum $500 — and a starter rebate of $200 will be introduced for horses finishing 11th and further back.

CanBOBS bonuses of $5,000 remain in place for BOBS eligible horses who win a race at Canberra.

Nick Olive To Unveil Well-Bred Debutant at Canberra Friday

Nick Olive has made a flying start in the 2016-17 Canberra Trainers’ Premiership and brings six runners to Friday’s meeting in the capital.

There will be strong interest in the Olive 2yo Magic Millions debutant — Let It Roll — a well-bred colt by Not A Single Doubt from Princess Layla.

He will line up in the Nexis Self Managed Super Funds 2yo Maiden (1000m) and comes off a 1.5L trial third at Randwick.

“He’s a really nice horse. He will probably be better as a 3yo but definitely has a lot of ability.

Cahill and Olive Top Canberra Premierships

Cowra-based hoop Mathew Cahill is having a vintage season and continues to lead the Canberra Jockey Premiership.  

Cahill could only manage two placing at Sunday’s meeting in the Capital but with (8) wins holds out last year’s premiership winner Brendan Ward (7) and Jay Ford (5).  

Ward scored on Moroccan Ruby on Sunday for the Keith Dryden-Scott Collins partnership.