Canberra & Monaro Region Horses To Compete In Country Championships

Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, has today announced horses trained in Canberra will have the opportunity to run in The Country Championships 2015 qualifying race in Goulburn.

“This is an important opportunity for ACT and Monaro region horses to compete for the top two places in the Goulburn qualifier which will be held at Goulburn Racecourse on Friday, 20 March 2015 with $100,000 prizemoney up for grabs,” Mr Barilaro said.

Olive's New Chief Of The Clan

Progressive three-year-old Chief Of The Clan appears right on track to live up to the hype, following an impressive first up victory at Canberra.

Touted as a possible Black Opal contender earlier this year, leading Canberra based trainer Nick Olive always held Chief Of The Clan in high regard.

Succumbing to a few niggling injuries, Chief Of The Clan was last seen finishing a narrow second behind Klammer in the Lightning Ridge Plate.

Jacinta To Peak In Mona Lisa

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale couldn't be happier with handy mare Jacinta, as she attempts to clinch her first stakes success in Friday's Listed Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong.

Continuing to raise the bar with each performance, Dale said Jacinta had come through her latest effort at Moonee Valley in fine order.

"She got beaten by the right horse, all the mail down there was that Girl Guide was flying and was going as good as Gregers," Dale said.

"We were ultra pleased with Jacinta's performance.

Karakuchi Leads Dale's Charge

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale holds a strong hand at Thoroughbred Park on Friday, headed by promising mare Karakuchi.

Set to saddle up three runners across the eight race card program, Dale rates last start winner Karakuchi as his leading contender.

"I'd say Karakuchi is my best tomorrow, she is the winning horse, and is a horse that goes against the grain," Dale said

"She has been sticking her head out, and has a real will to win."

Positive Outlook For Canberra Jockeys

By Chris Scholtz

Scans have allayed fears that premier Canberra based jockey Brendan Ward, had suffered career ending injuries in a race fall at Wagga last Friday.

Ward was airlifted to a Sydney hospital with a broken neck, after he was involved in a three-horse fall.

Ward was thrown from his saddle in the seventh event aboard the Brad Witt trained Inigo, with fellow Canberra based jockey Carly Frater and experienced Wagga jockey Andy Bloomfield also dislodged in the event.

Olive Gives Ward A Chance In “His" Race At Wagga

Top Canberra hoop Brendan Ward will be out to win the race named in his honour at Wagga tomorrow.

Ward rides the Nick Olive trained San Severo in the race two, the Premier Jockey B Ward Maiden.

San Severo was transferred from Melbourne trainer, Mark Kavanagh, less than two weeks ago, and Olive said the Strada four-year-old arrived in “great order”. 

“We have given him one gallop and he worked well,” Olive said.

Olive Confident Nat King Cu Back On Track

Classy Canberra galloper Nat King Cu is “going fantastic” and will be nominated for Warwick Farm next Wednesday.

After showing enormous promise in his initial preparations, the King Cugat gelding’s form fell away — much to the consternation of Canberra premiership trainer, Nick Olive.

“We are confident we have him back on track," Olive said.

“He’s a cracking type, but has taken a bit of working out.

Jones To Aim Up With Just A Blur

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is setting his sights towards the elite company in Melbourne, with promising mare Just A Blur.

Having continued to raise the bar last time in, Jones said Just A Blur had pleased him since her return and will look to resume in about a month's time.

"I'm really happy with her, she's up to three-quarter pace at the moment and will look to resume on our raceday in four weeks time," Jones said.

You Can Bank On Henry

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones already has an eye on the Listed Canberra Guineas with promising galloper, Bank On Henry.

A one start maiden, the son of Henrythenavigator created quite the impression on debut, after missing the start at Gundagai.

Recovering to settle just off-midfield, Bank On Henry really caught the eye, when flashing home down the centre to finish second.

"It was Carly's [Frater] first week of racing on that occasion, she only had five or six rides under her belt," Jones said.

Dale Looking To Build With Jacinta

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale admits Jacinta faces a tough task at Randwick on Saturday, but expects her to show good improvement on her first up effort.

Set to line up in the final event, the daughter of Commands hit the line gamely fresh, after she settled further back than Dale had hoped.

"The ear muffs probably switched her off a little bit more than we anticipated," Dale said.

"She got a fair way back and never got out until the race was over.

"I was happy with her first up run, I thought she made up good steady ground late.