Jockey Brendan Ward Is Back In Business

 Popular Canberra premiership jockey Brendan Ward (41) is back race-riding on Sunday 14 December and he says he “can’t wait”.

Ward fractured his C2 vertebra in a race fall at Wagga Wagga on 22 August. He was placed in a neck-brace for three weeks and it was nearly three months before his neurosurgeon gave him the all clear to return to the saddle.

Olive Has Gaze On Magic Millions

Canberra premiership trainer Nick Olive is ready to progress some promising two-year-olds including a possible stint at the Magic Millions with filly, Single Gaze.

Single Gaze, by Not A Single Doubt, hasn’t been seen since impressively winning a 2yr old Open at Rosehill on 1 November.

Olive says the will go to Wyong on 18 December for the Magic Millions Classic, and then, all being well, onto the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast in January.

American Time Set To Contest Canberra Guineas

Promising Canberra filly American Time has gone to the paddock to be freshened for a tilt at the Canberra Guineas.

The Gratz Vella trained 3yo won three on end in her recent campaign and Vella said she’s up with the best he has trained.

“She’s going to have a month out,” Vella says. “She’s had a couple of pretty hard runs and she’s still got some maturing. We’ll sneak in a local race when she comes back and that will have her ready for the Guineas.”

No Doubt In Olive's Mind

Handy mare Doubtful Miss will remain in Canberra on Friday, with leading trainer Nick Olive electing to take the easier option with his daughter of Not A Single Doubt.

Also accepted to run at Rosehill on Saturday, Olive felt Doubtful Miss was better suited competing on her home track.

From six attempts, the six-year-old has placed on five occasions, including a close fifth in the Listed National Sprint behind Messene.

Set to line up in the third event, Olive felt Doubtful Miss was in good shape heading into Friday's assignment.

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 28 November 2014

 **Updated after final scratchings 8.00am 28th November.

Race 1: 6 - 3 - 4 - 1

6 Double Good was trialled with a bit in hand and hard to beat from the inside gate.

3 Lock the Doors was bred for speed, recent trial winner here.

4 Swift Reply has race experience that could be vital here.

1 Darts Away is next best.

Race 2: 7 - 1 - 10 - 6

7 Secret Lies has her foot right on the till, after being placed 3 of 4 this TD, gets her best chance yet.

Joseph And Jones Hold Strong Hand

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is heading into Friday's meeting at Thoroughbred Park with an heir of confidence, with a number of leading chances.

Jones will saddle up a total of seven runners across the eight race card, headed by improving mare Come Closer in the final event.

Leading throughout to salute at Goulburn first up, the daughter of Shamardal appears well placed to continue her impressive run of form.

Yet to miss the money in five starts, Jones was hoping to tackle metropolitan company on Wednesday, only to draw poorly.

Rose Sings Right Tune

Canberra based trainer Stephen O'Brien was overjoyed at Canterbury on Friday night, after progressive mare Rose's Song saluted in the fourth event.

Stepping up sharply in grade, the daughter of Honours List took it all in her stride, when scoring by just under a length.

Aided by a plumb ride from Kerrin McEvoy, Rose's Song was shuffled back to last on straightening, before peeling to the outside and working home strongly over the 1550m journey.

Patience The Key With American Time

Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella has resisted the urge to head to town with American Time, claiming patience is the key with his progressive filly.

Having displayed good ability during her juvenile preparation, the daughter of All American has returned in great order, notching up back-to-back wins at Canberra on Sunday.

Rising sharply in grade, American Time proved too good for her elder rivals, when working home strongly in the testing heavy conditions.

A weekend of horses and hot pink!

Thoroughbred Park will be a hive of activity over this weekend.  With the inaugural Unbridled – Festival of the Horse on Saturday and the Love Your Sister Race Day on Sunday, the venue has stamped its hoof on the event circuit as being a diverse location for functions, events and themed race days.

Actor, Samuel Johnston and sister Connie will attend the inaugural Love Your Sister Race Day this Sunday to help raise awareness and much needed funds for breast cancer research.  Patrons are encouraged to wear pink to the race day to show their support.

Olive Seeking First Snake Gully Cup

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is yet to win the Snake Gully Cup, but remains confident he can finally break through on Friday afternoon.

Having gone agonisingly close in recent years, Olive will saddle up both Without A Shadow and Nat King Cu in the feature event.

"I've been trying to win a Snake Gully Cup for a number of years now, I've run second a few times, so I'm hoping we can come away with the win this year," Olive said.