Vella Isn't Kidding Around

Although unlikely to saddle up any of the favourites, trainer Gratz Vella remains confident he can break through at Canberra on Friday.

Still chasing his first victory of the season, Vella has endured a frustrating run of minor placings, with a place strike rate just shy of 20 per cent.

Last season, Vella had a place strike rate of 36 per cent at Thoroughbred Park, with a notable 16 second placings from 98 starters.

Ultra consistent galloper You're Kidding Me leads Vella's charge on Friday, when set to contest the third event.

Basilus To Go One Better

Canberra based trained Peter Wiggins remains confident improving galloper Basilus can return to the winner's stall at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

A notable second placing at this track and distance last start, Wiggins felt Basilus hit the front too early, when edged out over the concluding stages.

"He might have just hit the front a bit early the other day, he star-gazed a little bit," Wiggins said.

"I've taken the blinkers off to see if that will help make him be a bit more keener when he chases."

Olive dominates Tony Campbell Memorial Cup day

Nick Olive has dominated the Tony Campbell Cup Day program at Canberra on Friday with four winners including Nat King Cu in the feature.

The leading Canberra-trainer set the trend for the day early with maiden winner The Waco Kid before stablemates Without A Shadow and Chief Of The Clan continued their progression through the grades later on.

Nat King Cu produced the major highlight for the stable though in claiming the Tony Campbell Cup (1400m).

Without A Shadow Of A Doubt

A dominant first up display leaves Nick Olive confident improving mare Without A Shadow can notch up back to back wins at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Having always displayed good ability, Canberra's leading trainer felt she is the complete package this time in.

"She probably struggled to put her races together previously, but this preparation she has come back the complete racehorse," Olive said.

"She's always had a stack of ability and now she is starting to put it all together, which is very pleasing."

Jacinta Set For Tony Campbell Memorial Cup

Talented mare Jacinta returns to Thoroughbred Park on Friday, in her bid to clinch the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup.

Unable to break through in four starts this time in, Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale said her efforts have been a lot better than what they first appear.

A notable second placing behind Girl Guide two back, Dale said Jacinta simply didn't handle the wet track in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes last start.

Ward Edging Closer To Return

Leading Canberra-based jockey Brendan Ward has been cleared to remove his neck brace after fracturing his C2 Vertabrae in a race fall at Wagga last month.

Ward was cleared by doctors yesterday to remove his neck brace and can now commence strengthening exercises as he prepares for a riding return.

The injury occurred at Wagga on August 22 when Ward, apprentice Carly Frater and Andrew Bloomfield were involved in a race fall in the second last event on the program.

Joseph And Jones Team Out In Force

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones stable will be out in force at Canberra on Friday for their annual raceday at Thoroughbred Park.

Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones will host their annual raceday at Canberra on Friday with around 250 stable owners and associates to be in attendance.

"We work on having our better horses racing there on the day and a lot of great owners,” Joseph said.

"It's good to see them come to the races and enjoy themselves.

Wiggins Bullish With Basilus

Canberra based trainer Peter Wiggins remains confident improving galloper Basilus can take the next step at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

An impressive maiden win first up, Basilus takes a noticeable step up in grade, however Wiggins sees it as little issue for the four-year-old.

"He's come through the run really well and at first glance he does appear very hard to beat again," Wiggins said.

"He's a nice horse and I'm confident he can get the job done."