The Road to the Jericho, a new concept recently introduced by the Canberra Racing Club, has garnered interest from far and wide. Trainers from as far away as Stawell in Victoria’s West and as close as Thoroughbred Park have entered runners in the race in the hopes of gaining ballot exemption into the $300,000 Jericho Cup. The inaugural Road to the Jericho will be ran over the gruelling 3400m and is restricted to Australian and New Zealand bred horses, a restriction that is aligned to the magnificent ANZAC story that inspired the Jericho Cup.
Scratchings knocked around a few races, but the racing was keen overall. The track played well with four favourites winning. Simon Miller and Blake McDougall took riding honours with doubles. Fox Beat, Inceptive and Joy Mirth were particularly impressive winners.
Canberra Race 1 (1000m)
There's been rain in the Capital and the track will be in the soft range. A very handy Melbourne Cup Day program and most the races create plenty of betting interest.
Race 1 (1000)
The rail was out 7m the entire course and the track was rates a Good 4. It became clear early in the day, that horses were advantaged racing on the outside section of the track in the straight and that proved the winning pattern. Punters should be alert to this when assessing the form of runners coming out of the program.
Race 1 (1200m)
It’s been warm in the Capital and the track will present in the good range. The rail is out 7m the entire course. Strong acceptances and competitive fields in most races.
It’s been warm in the Capital and the track will presents as a Good 4. The rail is out 7m the entire course. Very competitive fields.
Race 1 (1200m)
Canberra Racing Club (the Club) condemns the abhorrent mistreatment of Horses as displayed in the ABC’s 7.30 report last night. The vision was extremely disturbing and distressing, as such the Canberra Racing Club calls on the Queensland Government and its Department of Primary Industries to take the strongest possible action against the alleged perpetrators.
The mistreatment of horses is unequivocally unacceptable and is not tolerated by the ACT Thoroughbred Racing Industry.
Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day saw some excellent racing, with Sausedge a dominant winner of the feature event.
Race 1 (2000m)
Not much to report on the Stewards front.
Tony Campbell Memorial Raceday is one of the highlights on the ACT racing calendar. The track is rates a good 4 with a 50% chance of a shower or two. The rail is positioned out 5 metres the entire circuit.
Race 1 (2000m)
The Nick Olive trained Bring A Secret will be looking to do something incredibly special as it shoots for it’s third straight TAB Tony Campbell Memorial Cup. Trainer Nick Olive said of his gelding’s chances “We’re delighted with him. We were thinking he’d be carrying 61 or 62 (kilograms) so we’re really happy with 58 (kilograms).
“Having been around the industry for a long time, Tony Campbell was really special to our family. We like to target this race, we’ve won it few times which is great.”
The Canberra Racing Club are pleased to announce the Club will be holding a lead up race to the Jericho Cup called the Road to Jericho on Sunday 17 November at Thoroughbred Park. The $25,000 Road to Jericho, held over 3400m, will be a guaranteed start race for the Jericho Cup held at Warrambool, Victoria on December 1st. The Jericho Cup is a Benchmark 90 worth $300,000 and is run over a grueling 4600m.