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Balonne Looking for Back-to-Back TAB Federals

Canberra’s reigning Horse of the Year Balonne returned to form at Thoroughbred Park when he beat stablemate Scarleo in the TAB Federal on Sunday 15 November. The Keith Dryden-trained Balonne took his career earnings to over $160,000 when coming from near last to run over the top of them. He will once again line up in the TAB Federal, this time over the 1400m on Friday 27 November.

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Sunday 15 November 2020

The track was assessed a Good 4 and this was upgraded to a Good 3 after the first race. The winners came from wider out the last few but the track raced well giving every horse its chance. Good competitive racing after a couple of small fields to kick things off. The Dryden barn again took training honours with two winners — the impressive Wandonna and the Federal winner Balonne who beat the favoured stablemate. The jockey honours were shared.

 

 

Race 1 (1000m) 2yo Open

 

Lolita Gold at the End of the Rainbow

A double at Queanbeyan on Monday followed by a Lolita Gold victory in this Sunday’s TAB Federal over the 1600m would represent a significant turn around in fortunes for the Neil Osborne stable. Call Me Artie & Off To War were fantastic winners at Queanbeyan and were almost joined by another stablemate, Ronny Rock Art who ran a fantastic second placing. Less than half a length off a treble, things are starting to fall into place for Neil Osborne’s team. 

The Road to the Jericho

From Mornington to Randwick, Cranborne to Gosford, Ballarat to Griffith – the second annual running of the Road to the Jericho has attracted war horses from far and wide. The stayers test over the 3400m holds extra significance for connections with ballot exemption for the winner into the $300,000 Jericho Cup on Sunday 29 November at Warrnambool up for grabs. The Jericho Cup over 4600m commemorates a fantastic ANZAC story. The first ever Jericho Cup was ran on the desert sands of Gallipoli in 1918 and was won by a literal warhorse, Bill The Bastard. 

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview — Sunday 15 November 2020

The Rail is out 7m the Entire and looking at the weather forecast it’s unlikely to race any worse. There’s a real spring feel about the meeting. Plenty of deep races and Sydney gallopers accepted. The Federal is the strongest we’ve seen in a while and creates plenty of interest.

 

Race 1 (1000m) 2yo Open

 

Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Tuesday 3 November 2020

The Canberra course proper came up a Soft 7 and was upgraded to a Soft 6 after Race 4. As the program unfolded it was clear the better ground was wider than centre and this determined the outcome of a number of races. It was a big day out for veteran Canberra jockey Brendan Ward who booted home 4 winners for 4 different trainers.   

 

 

Race 1 (2000m) BM60

 

Virtual Fashions on the Field Passes with Flying Colours

It was a first Tuesday in November like no other, with would be race-goers forced to get inventive to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day. From Flemington to Canberra, fashionistas donned their fascinators and matching attire at home to participate in the Thoroughbred Park Virtual Fashions on the Field – ‘Melbourne Cup Day – Colour it your way!”.