Belle Ready To Sizzle at Doomben

Belle Ready Canberra filly Sizzling Belle is in “terrific order” heading into tomorrow’s Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic at Doomben.

Trainer Nick Olive says Sizzling Belle has settled in well at the Gold Coast and appears is as good as ever; both in condition and under saddle.

“She has to do it out of a Golden Slipper campaign, but she’s in great order and we are expecting a big run tomorrow,” he says.

Olive says he’s not fazed by the prospect of a damp track.

Canberra Celebrates Beau Zam, Bonecrusher And The Queen

Thirty years ago today (Tuesday) Canberra was graced by royalty and witnessed an extraordinary racing occasion.

Queen Elizabeth II was track side in the capital to attend the one-off running of the Queen Elizabeth II Bicentennial Stakes and to open a new grandstand named in her honour.

The Queen was principally in Australia for the bicentennial celebrations and to open new Parliament House.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke was instrumental in organising the race meeting in her honour and accompanied the Queen.

30th Anniversary of the opening of QEII stand

On the 8th May 2018 the Canberra Racing Club celebrates a significant day in its long history with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the aptly name Queen Elizabeth II grandstand.  

On this day in 1988 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened of the purpose built grandstand on course.  She also witnessed the clash in her namesake race, the QEII Bicenennial Stakes, between NZ performer Bonecrusher and Beau Zam trained by Bart Cummings being the victor.  The race day itself was attended by 16,000. 

Canberra set for Wagga spoils

The Wagga carnival kick off tomorrow (Thursday) with Canberra stables positioned to win plenty of prizemoney.

Race 1

The powerful Matt Dale yard can get off to a winning start with LANSALA (1) resuming off two promising placings. Nick Heywood rides from the perfect gate and he strikes at 35% with the stable.

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones trained HAVELAKA (5) also presents as a leading hope, but is cruelled by a wide gate. The booking of Matt Cahill suggests she’s pleasing.

Canberra ready for Winter racing

With winter around the corner, the Canberra Racing Club has completed surface renovations of the all-weather Acton surface.

Club CEO Peter Stubbs says 300 tonnes of material have been laid on the track in readiness for racing on May 25.

A barrier trial will be held on the Acton before the first race on May 9 to ensure levels are 100% across the surface.

This will be the second winter utilizing the new Acton which was developed ‘in-house’ by the club using fibres imported from Germany.

Joseph-Jones Record Season

Canberra’s Barbara Joseph–Paul Jones training partnership continues to enjoy its best-ever season.

With three and a half months of the 2017/18 racing year remaining, the stable has now racked-up 40 winners, one more that its 2016-2017 full-year total.

Its best-ever winning year was 2014 with 40 winners.

And its prizemoney earnings have also taken a leap rising from $875,000 last year to (currently) $1,170,453, in 2017/18.  

Single Gaze final parade this Friday

Star Canberra mare SINGLE GAZE will be presented to the public for the final time at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Single Gaze will parade in the mounting yard 3:10pm in a fitting farewell for the capital’s most-loved racehorse.

Single Gaze was retired after her scratching from Saturday’s Sydney Cup and will now travel to Japan following her sale to powerhouse stud Northern Farm where she will join its ranks of broodmares.

It’s reported that Single Gaze will be covered by revered Japanese stallion Deep Impact in the next Northern Hemisphere breeding season.

Hot Bensley Presses For Jockey Premiership

The 2017-18 ACT Jockey and Trainer Premierships are again shaping as terrific contests deep into the racing season.

Matt Cahill holds a four win lead in the Jockey Premiership but is facing a stern challenge from Richard Bensley who has saluted in five of his last eight rides at Thoroughbred Park.  

Bensley has won his last three for Nick Olive — and four from his last five linking with last year’s premier trainer.

Single Gaze to retire this Saturday

Canberra trainer Nick Olive has confirmed Single Gaze will take her place in Saturday’s Sydney Cup at Randwick and will be retired immediately after.

Olive says Single Gaze has come through her Tancred Stakes run in good order and believes she can be right in the finish of the two mile feature.

“I thought there was plenty of merit in her Tancred run.

“She got a bit far back but was only two lengths from the winner and three quarters of a length from Gailo Chop — and that’s the closest she got to him all campaign.”