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.

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.

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

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.