Cracking Canberra Preview 3 November 2020 by Neil Evans

*Race 1 @ 12.23pm CUSTOM PLUMBING HCP (2000m) - Benchmark 60; Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


We start a bumper Melbourne Cup day card over the staying journey. Keen at the value on 6YO Goulburn gelding 5. DELUDE (Tash Burleigh/Ms Amy McLucas a2kg; 55kg) who has been in and around the money all prep, and worked home strongly in his last couple. This is barely harder than the BM 58 grade he's been tackling and can peak here.


A Royal Recent Record

In his eight starts since joining the John Rolfe stable, Royal Monarch has amassed three victories and a further four minor placings. His only miss came in the form of a 4th placing in a TAB Federal after copping a significant check. A win in the Mollymook Cup (1200m) on the 18th of October at Nowra was a fantastic reward for connections after picking up the son of Shamus Award for just $1,500. Trainer John Rolfe said a change in environment has been the catalyst for the gelding’s sharp improvement. 

Ian Mackay Steps Down as Chairman, Tim Olive Unanimously Elected as New Chairman

Ian Mackay has not sought re-election as Chairman of the Canberra Racing Club at the committee meeting of 27 October 2020. While Mr. Mackay’s leadership will be missed, his experience and expertise will still be engaged as a member of the Committee. Mr. Mackay steps down as part of a long-term succession plan. 

Canberra Racing Review — Friday 23 October 2020

The track was rated a good 3 and being on-pace looked an advantage. There were some good betting affairs and followers of the Dryden yard would have been on good terms with themselves with the leading barn training three winners. Jockey Blaike McDougall rode a double as did apprentice Ellen Hennessy. Early in the new season Dryden and McDougall are both clear leaders in the ACT Trainer and Jockey premierships.


Race 1 (2000m) BM60


No Easy Fox Beat

The ever-consistent Fox Beat was superb last start when second behind Holy Sunday in a Benchmark 65 at Thoroughbred Park. The Luke Pepper-trained galloper will drop from 2000m to 1600m when he lines up in the TAB Federal on Friday 23 October, on route to the Country Classic (2000m) at Rosehill in a fortnight’s time.

Cracking Canberra Preview 23 October 2020 by Neil Evans

*Race 1 @ 1.18pm DZ DESIGN LANDSCAPE & CONSTRUCTIONS HCP (2000m) - Benchmark 60; Min Weight 55.5kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


Even race over the 10 furlongs to get us underway. Lightly-raced 5YO Goulburn gelding 3. CLEVER MISSILE (Anthony Warren/Ms Windona Costin; 59.5kg) returns to the track and distance he bolted in two runs back before outclassed in the much deeper Batemans Bay Cup over the mile. Right profile here to bounce back. 


Change in Committee

The Canberra Racing Club wishes to advise of a change in Committee.  Liz Clarke was elected to the Committee last night, Tuesday 13 October 2020, by her fellow members at the Canberra Racing Club Annual General Meeting.  

Clarke brings with her a wealth of professional experience as the former CEO of Venues Canberra and current head of ACT Property Group. Clarke’s areas of expertise include Government relations, governance, business strategy, risk management and stakeholder engagement. She has been a member of the Canberra Racing Club since 2013.  

ACT Election 17 October 2020 and Canberra Racing Club


The Canberra Racing Club has sought on behalf of the ACT Racing Community Policies of the three main Parties specific to the ACT Racing Industry for the next term of Government in the ACT. To achieve this the Canberra Racing Club posed five key questions to all Parties. The responses received are detailed below:


Parties' Responses