Canberra stables tackle rich Country Classic

Canberra will have strong representation in Saturday’s $125,000 The Country Classic at Rosehill over 2000m

The Barbara Joseph- Paul and Matt Jones -trained gelding D’BEAK placed third in the feature last year and should be cherry ripe third up in his preparation to build on that effort.

He draws low and the 3kg apprentice Rebeka Prest in the saddle.

Garry Kirkup will present LA BIERE CHOISIE in the Classic seeking a hat-trick off clear-cut Albury wins at 1500m, finishing the races off strongly.

Family Fun Race Day

This Sunday Thoroughbred Park will welcome families to enjoy a day out at the races with plenty of entertainment for the young and young at heart!

Free pony rides, jumping castle, face painting, pony cycles as well as a childrens colouring in competition to win a $200 Coles/Myer gift card is planned, and the adults dont miss out either with a complimentary coffee and live music by local talent Special K.  7 races will be conducted as part of Thoroughbred Park’s program. 

Joseph, Jones & Jones seek repeat win

Canberra’s Joseph-Jones and Jones stable travel to Gundagi on Friday seeking back to back wins in the iconic Snake Valley Cup.

Team Joseph won the event in 2017 with Mercurial Lad who’s been targeted at the race again.   

He will form a three pronged attack with Rock On Zariz and Darts Away (first emergency) also accepted.

Gundagai is a turning track and doesn’t suit all horses and both Mercurial Lad  and Rock On Zariz both race well at the venue.

“Both go into the race in good order,” co-trainer Paul Jones said.

Fell Swoops Summer campaign

Canberra trainer Matt Dale may handpick races through until autumn for Fell Swoop follow the sprinters pleasing return to racing.

Fell Swoop was beaten less than a length in the Absolut Stakes at Flemington on Oaks Day forced to race on the worst part of the track.   

Dale was confident pre-race that the gelding could turn his form around and believes with a better gate he could have run first two.

Dale is still tossing up whether to progress to the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.

Berry booked to ride The Swoop

Fell Swoop will return to the race track in tomorrow (Thursday) in the Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

The Oaks Day return has been well anticipated for the now 7 - year- old and a trip to Perth for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes is a possibility if the sprinter shows form.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop arrived in Melbourne this morning in good order and says the sting out of the ground it perfect.

Dale says the set weight conditions of the Absolute suits and the gelding looks and feels as good as he's been in a long time.

Pick a Winner on Cup Day

The Canberra Racing Club is set for one of its biggest race days of the year and

punters will be challenged by competitive fields all day.

Race 8, the $40,00 TAB Federal as drawn a sharp line-up at BM 60 level, with the Nick Olive-trained DREAMING OF BISCAY making strong appeal.   

The filly has won here and has plenty to give off the lip defeat FU. She had come off Group company at the Gold Coast and looks to have a bit on these at best.

Committee Announcement

As required under Clause 20(a) of the Constitution, at the first Committee meeting after the AGM, the Committee elect one of its members to be Chairman, one to be Vice Chairman and one to be Treasurer.

Olive off to a flying start

Trainer Nick Olive has made a flying start to the 2018-19 Canberra racing season with nine winners in the capital at a strike rate of 28.1%.

He’s forged to a three win lead over last years Premiers Keith Dryden - Scott Collings, with Matt Dale three wins further back.

Rejuvenated Tony Campbell Cup winner Bring A Secret has led the Olive Canberra charge with two wins.

Six of the winners have come on the course proper at a strike rate of 35% and a profit on turnover for stable followers of 52%.

Melbourne Cup Mania

A trip to Paris, Her Canberra gift packs to the first 500 people through the gates, happy hour drinks and racing action is all on offer for the upcoming TAB Melbourne Cup Race Day and more, promises the new Acting CEO Andrew Clark of the Canberra Racing Club, with a focus on spoiling the ladies for the race that stops the nation. 

Fell Swoop back on track for Melbourne

Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will make his return to racing in Melbourne on Cup week.

The now seven-year-old Fell Swoop was last seen when running down the track in the Group 1 TJ Smith at Randwick and Dale says he’s benefitted greatly from the long break.

“His coat is much better and he’s as free-moving as I have seen him for some time, Dale says.  

“He’s jumped out and has won a Moruya barrier trial and is ready to go.

“There are two Listed races on the Tuesday and Thursday of Cup week that we have our eye on.