Keith Dryden-Scott Collings In Premiership Driving Seat

Canberra’s Keith Dryden-Scott Collings training partnership maintain a 10 win lead in the ACT Trainer Premiership with just two meetings of the 2017-18 racing season remaining.

Pipped at the post last year on the final race day, a first premiership for Collings and another for Dryden would be richly deserved.

They’ve delivered 29 winners at Canberra at a strike rate of 22% delivering more than $571,000 in prize money.

At all venues the partnership has recorded 43 winners in the season this far one fewer than their first year tally as a combination.

Things spice up for Pepper Racing

Canberra’s Luke Pepper stable is in a good space and has been enjoying plenty of recent success.  

SHEZACRAFTSMAN has been leading the charge scoring at both runs for the yard. She is one of a number of former Kiwi’s with Pepper who were brought as future broodmares by Gold Class Racing.

“She came to us with pretty moderate form in New Zealand over a mile and further but has blossomed in our system,” Pepper said.

 “She’s regained her zest for racing.”

Keith Dryden looking to add to score

Keith Dryden looks primed to extend his lead in the Canberra Racing Club premierships with some fancy starters on the synthetic track on Friday.

With a ten win lead from Nick Olive, additional points could be added by the afternoon. 

In the Benchmark 62 Bull Bailey is looking for his third win in a row and Like A Shot, looking for his second win in a row will start in the Benchmark 65 Handicap. 

The first race is 11:45am.

 

Canberra to host the Melbourne Cup tour

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that Canberra will join racing history when it plays host to the iconic 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup in 2018.

Canberra was revealed as a Tour destination at a special event in Richmond, Melbourne, joining 36 other cities and towns across the globe that will be part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. 

Canberra Racing Club Business and Marketing Manager Briony Young said being part of the Tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Big Leaders — ACT Jockey/Trainer Premierships

With less than two months of the 2017-2018 racing season remaining, there’s clear-cut contenders for the ACT Jockey and Trainer premierships.

Mathew Cahill holds a six win lead over Richard Bensley in the jockey division striking at 22% on Canberra tracks.

Bensley is benefiting from choice rides with the Nick Olive stable and this season looks his best chance to take out the title.   

John Scorse' tips for Friday 25 May 2018

Race 1

1 3 2 4

1 – Jewel of the Clan Super impressive on debut.  Very speedy and hard to run down here.
3 – Reason to Smile – Placed both runs to date.  And solid effort in closing at Qbn.  Extra trip suits.
2 – Black Magnum – Both city trials have been on heavy tracks.  Watch market.
4 – Onsettling Down – Place chance.

 

Race 2

Owen returns to professional riding

The hottest hoop on the NSW picnic circuit is back riding with the professionals.

Canberra’s Billy Owen is better known more recently as the travelling foreman for Nick Olive, where he was tasked with trackwork for, and the care and attention of, recently retired Group 1 winner Single Gaze.

When he mounted High Tail It in the first race at Young on May 19, it had been six years since Owen had competed away from amateur ranks.

Owen (26) has always had a rap and this season at the picnics was riding at a strike rate of 60% and a profit on turnover of 45%.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs Retirement Announced

The Canberra Racing Club has announced the pending retirement of its longstanding CEO Peter Stubbs.

Stubbs will bow out on 16 October 2018, which coincides with the Club’s Annual General Meeting.

Stubbs has served in racing administration for thirty years and has been Canberra CEO for the last 12 years.

Canberra Racing Club Chairman Paul Meiklejohn said Stubbs was a fine administrator and that his leadership and professionalism would be greatly missed.