Committee Announcement

The Committee of the Canberra Racing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Clark as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Club.

Andrew has been acting in the role since the retirement of long serving CEO Peter Stubbs in October 2018 and will assume the role effective immediately.

Rotary donate funds raised from car parking at Thoroughbred Park

The Rotary Club of Australia have announced the recipients of the funds raised via Canberra Racing Club Melbourne Cup race day parking attendants. The $5 parking fee for vehicles utilising Thoroughbred Park’s carparks are:

L’Arche - Assist adults with disabilities to live independently in a home in Chifley. The Woden Rotary Club is looking to commit funds for the refurbishment of the home.

Norm Gardner to give promising Carruthers another run before spelling

Canberra trainer Norm Gardner has decided to give his promising I Am Invincible 3yo colt Carruthers one more run before spelling, with the Country Championships in March the target.

Gardner says Carruthers with line up at Wagga on December 11 needing a win to raise his benchmark for more ambitious races.

“He’s a nice horse in the making and you can forget the latest at Canberra when he choked down,” he said.

”We’ve worked him since with a tongue tie and that’s done the trick.”

Canberra stables tackle rich Country Classic

Canberra will have strong representation in Saturday’s $125,000 The Country Classic at Rosehill over 2000m

The Barbara Joseph- Paul and Matt Jones -trained gelding D’BEAK placed third in the feature last year and should be cherry ripe third up in his preparation to build on that effort.

He draws low and the 3kg apprentice Rebeka Prest in the saddle.

Garry Kirkup will present LA BIERE CHOISIE in the Classic seeking a hat-trick off clear-cut Albury wins at 1500m, finishing the races off strongly.

Family Fun Race Day

This Sunday Thoroughbred Park will welcome families to enjoy a day out at the races with plenty of entertainment for the young and young at heart!

Free pony rides, jumping castle, face painting, pony cycles as well as a childrens colouring in competition to win a $200 Coles/Myer gift card is planned, and the adults dont miss out either with a complimentary coffee and live music by local talent Special K.  7 races will be conducted as part of Thoroughbred Park’s program. 

Joseph, Jones & Jones seek repeat win

Canberra’s Joseph-Jones and Jones stable travel to Gundagi on Friday seeking back to back wins in the iconic Snake Valley Cup.

Team Joseph won the event in 2017 with Mercurial Lad who’s been targeted at the race again.   

He will form a three pronged attack with Rock On Zariz and Darts Away (first emergency) also accepted.

Gundagai is a turning track and doesn’t suit all horses and both Mercurial Lad  and Rock On Zariz both race well at the venue.

“Both go into the race in good order,” co-trainer Paul Jones said.

Fell Swoops Summer campaign

Canberra trainer Matt Dale may handpick races through until autumn for Fell Swoop follow the sprinters pleasing return to racing.

Fell Swoop was beaten less than a length in the Absolut Stakes at Flemington on Oaks Day forced to race on the worst part of the track.   

Dale was confident pre-race that the gelding could turn his form around and believes with a better gate he could have run first two.

Dale is still tossing up whether to progress to the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.

Berry booked to ride The Swoop

Fell Swoop will return to the race track in tomorrow (Thursday) in the Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

The Oaks Day return has been well anticipated for the now 7 - year- old and a trip to Perth for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes is a possibility if the sprinter shows form.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop arrived in Melbourne this morning in good order and says the sting out of the ground it perfect.

Dale says the set weight conditions of the Absolute suits and the gelding looks and feels as good as he's been in a long time.

Pick a Winner on Cup Day

The Canberra Racing Club is set for one of its biggest race days of the year and

punters will be challenged by competitive fields all day.

Race 8, the $40,00 TAB Federal as drawn a sharp line-up at BM 60 level, with the Nick Olive-trained DREAMING OF BISCAY making strong appeal.   

The filly has won here and has plenty to give off the lip defeat FU. She had come off Group company at the Gold Coast and looks to have a bit on these at best.

Committee Announcement

As required under Clause 20(a) of the Constitution, at the first Committee meeting after the AGM, the Committee elect one of its members to be Chairman, one to be Vice Chairman and one to be Treasurer.