Canberra’s 9 September Meeting Transferred to The Course Proper

 The Canberra Racing Club meeting on Friday 9 September has been transferred to the course proper.

The meeting was to be run on the new Acton synthetic surface but wet weather has delayed the final levelling operations for the resurfaced track.

Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the amended distances are as follows:

$18,000 Benchmark 70 1600 metres  

$18,000 Benchmark 65 1200 metres

$18,000 Benchmark 60 1400 metres

$18,000 Benchmark 55 1000 metres 

$18,000 Class 2  1200 metres

$18,000 Class 1 & Maiden Plate 2000 metres

Garry Kirkup-Trained Highly Geared Delivers Another Metropolitan Win For Canberra

 Canberra trainer Gary Kirkup says he couldn’t believe the price (30-1) when his handy galloper Highly Geared saluted in last Saturday’s BM80 at Rosehill

The win followed hot-on-the-heals of another Canberra–trained longshot victory in Sydney with the Norm Gardner-trained Bootlegging winning a Highway Handicap at Randwick at 66-1 the week before.

Highly Geared had come off a solid first up effort at the Sapphire Coast and Kirkup thought she was one of the top four or five chances at Rosehill.

Single Gaze Set To Trial

 Group 1 winner Single Gaze will barrier trial in Canberra on Friday week and trainer Nick Olive says the mare continues to please leading into her Melbourne Spring campaign.

Olive says Single Gaze is now set to resume in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes 1400m for mares on Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington (Sunday October 2).

Olive says her immediate target will be the Group 1 Myer Classic 1600m for fillies and mares at Flemington on Derby Day.

Single Gaze took out the Group 1 Vinery Stakes at Rosehill in March before falling in the Australian Oaks.

Off To A Flier — Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner

 Canberra trainer Norm Gardner has kicked off the 2016-17 racing season in grand style delivering four winners from his five stable runners.

The most recent was the Charge Forward gelding Bootlegging, who took out Saturday’s $60,000 Highway Plate at Randwick at the luxurious odds of 66-1.

It was Gardner’s second Highway winner. Atom Eve saluted for the stable at Randwick in January.

Gardner says he gave Bootlegging “a real good chance.”

Laying Has Commenced Of New Acton Racetrack

 Work had commenced laying the new Acton synthetic race track at Canberra

Using wax and fibres imported from Germany and mixing plant is operational at Thoroughbred Park and the laying process will continue next week.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says work is progressing well and it is still anticipated the track will be ready for racing on 9 September.

For the first time in many years the club has been forced to race throughout the winter on the heavy course proper while the Action was renewed.


At the Horse of The Year Awards Functioin in Sydney last night the outstanding Canberra trained Fell Swoop won the Country Champion Award.

Fell Swoop won five races in the season, including the Group 2 Victory Stakes at Doomben, the Listed Chand MacLeod atMoonee Valley, and the Listed Testa Rosa at Moonee Valley.

His peak performance was in defeat in the $2.6 million Group 1 TJ Smith at Royal Randwick over the Championships being beaten by the world’s top rated sprinter Chautauqua.

A deserving award- well done to connections.

Matt Cahill Kicks Off Season With Winning Treble

 Jockey Matthew Cahill got the 2016-17 Canberra racing season off to a flyer on Friday securing three winners on the eight-race card.

Cahill scored on Manatassee for Darryl Rolfe, Inchcape Rock for Ron Weston and John Nesbit and Your Knuckleship for the new Keith Dryden, Scott Collins partnership.

Since 1 August, Cahill has also booted home winners at Corowa, Forbes and Wagga for a 20% strike rate and delivering a 52% profit-on-turnover if you flat staked every mount.

She Zar To Kick Off A Big Weekend For Canberra Trainer Luke Pepper

 Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper will have runners at three venues Friday to Sunday and is coming off his best ever season.

Pepper has been striking close to 20% — a good figure by any measure.

She Zar will take all sorts of beating at in Race 2 Canberra (Friday) coming off a 6.5L win at the venue two weeks ago. The Zariz mare looks well-placed with Brock Ryan’s 2kg claim and again the heavy surface will suit..

Joseph-Jones Will Be Smiling at Canberra With Luck

 The Joseph-Jones yard has an unusually light representation at Canberra Friday, but the Canberra stable is gearing up for an exciting spring.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says punters can expect improvement from Smiling at Shadows in Race 4 tomorrow.

The Dane Shadow gelding won a 55 comfortably on the heavy at Canberra two runs back and then disappointed at Moruya.