Trainer Nick Olive Brings Strong Chances To Tony Campbell Cup Day

 Group 1-winning Canberra trainer Nick Olive expects bold runs from his stable representatives Bring A Secret and Nat King Cu in Friday’s Tony Campbell Memorial Cup (Race 6) in the capital.

Olive believes the well-performed Bring A Secret will run a much improved race.

“I though his run in Canberra last time was massive. He’s drawn a nice gate and I think he will jump and put himself there.

Fell Swoop Heads Matt Dale’s Weekend Charge

 Canberra trainer Matt Dale has a busy weekend with runners in Canberra, Melbourne and possibly Sydney, headed by stable-star Fell Swoop.

Fell Swoop will fly the stable flag when he competes in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

“I am very happy with him. He’ll go down Thursday night arriving Melbourne on Friday morning,” Dale says.

“He’s had a nice balanced preparation and everything has gone according to plan.

Weather Gods To Smile On Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day

 Fine weather and 23 degrees are forecast for Friday’s much anticipated Student’s Race Day and Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park.

The day celebrates the life of the much loved Tony Campbell who was associated with the Canberra race club for 29 years before losing his battle with cancer in 2006.

Tony performed a range of roles from Nomination Clerk to Master of Ceremonies, but was best known as the voice of Canberra racing — calling the Capital’s racing for 26 years.

Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop Sharp In Rosehill Trial

Canberra-trained star Fell Swoop has impressed in an Open trial at Rosehill this morning (Tuesday).

It was Fell Swoop’s second barrier trial as he prepares for his spring campaign in Melbourne.

Trainer Matthew Dale has the classy five-year-old sprinter set to resume in the G2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8.

Fell Swoop was rested after a long campaign last season that saw him race in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane from February through to May.

Joseph Jones Annual Race Day

 The Joseph-Jones stable has eight horses nominated for its feature race day at Canberra on Friday.

The Joseph & Jones Racing Annual race day draws hundred’s of stable owners and supporters to a luncheon and an afternoon of racing and festivities in the  Thoroughbred Park Function & Convention Centre

Barbara Joseph has been training since 1975 and has been a flag bearer for women in racing.

Joseph & Jones Annual Race Day

The annual Joseph & Jones Racing Race Day returns this Friday with a full house in the Silks function room for the annual event. 

The day is facilitated by Joseph & Jones Racing as a thank you to their owners, who travel from as far as Tasmania and Queensland to attend the luncheon.

The training partnership will start 7 horses on Friday with stable favourite Bank on Henry making a return after a spell, the gelding will be aimed at the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup on 7 October along with Chasing Charlie.

Joseph-Jones Unveil Well-Performed Ex Hong Kong Galloper

The Barbara Joseph – Paul Jones stable unveiled well-performed Hong Kong galloper Verdane at last week’s Canberra trial and the UK-bred son of Halling caught the eye.

Verdane — re-named Overdane — was formerly trained by John Moore and has won HK $3.7M and his last win was on the Sha Tin All Weather in July last year.

Single Gaze Spelled — Nick Olive’s Youngsters Please

 Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze has a minor injury and has gone to the spelling paddock and will be back for the autumn.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze developed some soreness below the knee as she prepared for a Melbourne Spring campaign.

“We sent her up to Randwick for a veterinary check and they said we could keep going with her. 

However, it was clear she wasn’t 100% so we decided to spell her.

“And if you are going to be racing in the top grade you have to be 100%.”

Trainer Todd Smart Moves To Canberra

Canberra’s training ranks will be further boosted with Wagga trainer Todd Smart announcing his move to the Capital.

Smart arrives this week and his young family will follow shortly.

Smart will relocate 7 horses to the stables, including his smart 5 year old gelding, Attainment.

“I want to grow my business and take advantage of the facilities at Thoroughbred Park,” Smart said.


Burradoo Heads Canberra’s Mid-Week Metropolitan Contingent

Canberra stables have three acceptors for tomorrow’s Canterbury meeting headed by the Mick Miladinovic-trained Burradoo who lines up in Race 5, the 1100m BM77.

Burradoo comes off a heavy-track win at Warwick Farm when he was well fancied and recorded a career peak rating.

He comes into the race with the highest 50 day figure and just has to repeat on the likely better surface on Wednesday.

There is interest in the return of the Matt Dale-trained Hermosa Beach who lines up in Race 7, the 1250m BM 72.