Sunday racing in the Capital

Local female apprentice Carly Frater returns to race riding on Sunday from time off for a fractured pelvis and a wedding.  The hoop, who now rides trackwork for Neil Osborne at Mane Lodge has 3 rides out of the 6 at Canberra with the first race at 2pm. 

Pixie Rose, trained by Nick Olive looks set for a good run in the Antler Benchmark 55 with a win at Canberra already under her belt, and a second last start puts the 6yo mare having a strong preparation this time round.

Fell Swoop Spelling — TJ Smith Stakes Next Target — Matt Dale

 Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop pulled up well from his tough placing in the 2016 Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington and has gone to the paddock.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale says he will now map out a plan for Fell Swoop into the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes Group 1 at Randwick third-up.

“He showed on Saturday that he’s effective up the Flemington straight so that allows us to look at races like the Lightening and the Newmarket into the TJ,” Dale says.

Todd Smart Brings A Stayers Pedigree to Canberra Racing

Former Wagga trainer Todd Smart is now well settled into his Canberra stables and came to the capital with a clear objective — to train a Melbourne Cup winner.

And he has a racing pedigree well-fitted to achieving this ambition.

Gundagai-born Smart (34) began his love affair with horses as a 15-year old helping out locally at Dave Blundell’s stables and then travelled to London for several years and worked as a welder on Wembley stadium with Multiplex.

Former Hong Kong Galloper Wins for Joseph-Jones

 The Joseph-Jones stable hit form at Tuesday’s Canberra meeting recording a win with former Hong Kong galloper Overdane - and later in the day with Magic Scene.

Overdane ($18) was having his third outing for the new yard and lugged 64.5kgs to put away a BM70 field over a mile.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says Overdane didn’t handle the deep track in the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at his previous and his work had picked-up noticeably leading into Tuesday’s race.

Fell Swoop To Go To Darley Classic

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will go to the Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington on Saturday week, trainer Matt Dale has confirmed.

Dale says Fell Swoop has come though his 0.2L defeat in the Manikato Stakes of “really good order” and will go back to Melbourne at peak.

Dale says the gelding has shown that he’s right up to Group 1 standard and believes there is more to come.

Dale says Rocket Commander has also come through her 0.8L Group 3 Mooney Valley near-miss over the mile in excellent order.

Cahill Heads Canberra Jockey Premiership

 Cowra-based jockey Matthew Cahill has got the 2016-17 Racing season off to a flyer and leads the Canberra Jockey Premiership.

Cahill has ridden 7 winners in the capital since 1 August at a strike rate of 26%

Last year’s premiership winner Brendan Ward is hot on Cahill’s heals with 6 winners (20%), followed by Jay Ford 5 and John Kissick 4.

This season Cahill has been striking at 22% which is well-above his all-season average.

And he’s been a punter’s pal returning a 30% profit on turnover (POT).

Gratz Vella Has You’re Kidding Me Peaking For Randwick

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella has You’re Kidding Me at peak for Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap CL3 (1000m) at Randwick.

You’re Kidding Me resumed with a solid CL3 Highway third at Randwick on the slow with Tommy Berry up — and then placed again on the good in a Hawkesbury BM60 with Kathy O’Hara aboard.

“Third-up You’re Kidding Me always puts his best foot forward third-up,” says Vella. “I was happy with the Hawkesbury run and he’s gone forward since then.”

Fell Swoop - Matt Dale Opts For Manikato Stakes

 Star Canberra galloper Fell Swoop will take on the best when she lines up in Saturday’s 2016 Manikato Stakes Group 1 (1200m) at Mooney Valley.

Fell Swoop ($16) will meet the likes of champion sprinter Chautauqua ($2.25) and Golden Slipper winner Captalist ($6.0) who head the early markets.

Fell Swoop resumed with a credible third in the 2016 Schillaci Stakes Group 2 at Caulfield on 8 October ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Just A Blur Ready For Randwick – Paul Jones

One of Canberra’s leading mares — Just A Blur — returns to racing at Randwick on Saturday.

The winner of last season’s Goulburn Cup and Wagga Town Plate, Just A Blur is trained by  the Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones partnership — and Jones says the 6yr old will come back to racing better than ever.

Just A Blur resumes in the $150,000 City Tattersalls Club Nivison Group 3 over 1200m and has had two unofficial jump-outs in preparation.

Matt Dale Ponders Fell Swoop’s Next Assignment

Leading Canberra trainer Matt Dale will decide later in the week when his stable star Fell Swoop next faces the starter.

Fell Swoop ran third in a strong Schillaci Stakes (1100 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday, after being wide the journey.

Dale says the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday week, or the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes (1200m) the following week are likely next options if all goes to plan.

The Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington has been earmarked as the gelding’s final Spring run.