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.

Layt Ponders Move To Canberra

 It’s on the cards that long time Queanbeyan trainer Neville Layt will move stables from Queanbeyan to Canberra.

Layt says he’ll make a final decision around November.

“The people who have brought my Queanbeyan stable are going away for a couple of months and I am just going to keep an eye on the place and continue training out of here until they get back and then I will decide what I am going to do,” Layt says.

Premiership Adds To Trainer Matt Dale’s Growing Achievements

 Trainer Matt Dale has taken out his first Canberra Premiership spacing his rivals.

Dale lined up 89 horses in the Capital in the 2015-16 season, winning with 27 of them for a superb strike rate of 30.3%.

And he’s also proved the punters pal delivering a profit on turnover of 11.0%.

Dale says the way he operates his stable, premierships have never been a big focus.

“We take our horses wherever they are best placed at any one time, whether it’s Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or anywhere.

Hong Kong Jockey travels to Canberra

Hong Kong apprentice Jockey Jacky Wong has travelled to Australia after a stint in New Zealand and has been engaged for three rides at Canberra on Friday.

Wong believes the overseas experience in New Zealand was a benefit to him becoming a better strategic rider equipped him well for a return to Hong Kong. “During two and a half year stays in New Zealand, I registered 36 wins from 443 rides. This priceless experience helps me to start my riding career in Hong Kong,” he said.

Work Ready To Begin On Canberra’s New Synthetic Racetrack

 The mixing plant has arrived on site for Canberra’s new synthetic racetrack.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the wax and fibres — which have been shipped from Germany — are arriving daily from Port Botany.

“We will start mixing the materials from next Monday,” Stubbs says.

“The existing Acton surface will be closed for trackwork from Saturday the 6th of August and on that day we will start removing the existing surface.

Single Gaze Continues To Impress Trainer Nick Olive

 Group 1 filly Single Gaze’s work continues to impress Canberra trainer Nick Olive and she remains on track for a big Melbourne spring campaign.

Olive says Single Gaze looks to have taken no harm from her nasty fall in the Australian Oaks.

“She’s going fabulous; gives us a really good feel; she’s sound and thriving,” Olive says.

“She’s come on, improved and is feeling stronger.”

Dale and Ward Set To Win Canberra Premierships

With just one meeting remaining in the 2015-2016 racing season, Matt Dale and Brendan Ward have unassailable leads in the Canberra trainer and jockey premierships.

Dale sits on 27 wins from 88 starters — a strike rate of 30.7% and prize money totalling $402,750. 

He is 11 wins clear of Keith Dryden whose 111 starters have yielded a strike rate of 14.4% and prize money totalling $270,150.

Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones and Nick Olive follow with 13 and 10 wins respectively.  

Richard Bensley Returns To The Saddle Friday

 Popular jockey Richard Bensley returns to the saddle on Friday having recovered from a Canberra race-fall that left him with 10 broken ribs and a fractured pelvis.

Bensley spent six weeks in hospital and has been riding work for a month building strength and fitness.

He is booked for 3 horses at the Canberra meeting.

In Race 1 Bensley links with trainer Gratz Vella aboard Paris Carver, and sticks with the stable in Race 2 aboard the speedy McLennan.  

He then gets a breather and returns in the final event aboard Oakwood Lady for Scott Singleton.