Canberra Racing Club Chairman Ian Mackay announced on Friday that the Club will be offering two bonuses in the first running of the TAB Lickety Split, a race for maidens over 1000m. “To entice the fastest maiden horses in the region the Club will be offering a bonus of $10,000 if the winner breaks 57 seconds and a further $10,000 if the winner can break the track record of 55.84 seconds.” Mackay said.
Richard and Michael Freedman have taken out the inaugural $150,000 Affinity Electrical Technologies Canberra Mile. Cinquedea (NZ) proving far too good for his competitors in an incredibly strong race. Stable representative Will Freedman was ecstatic with the gelding’s performance.
“He was at the peak of his powers today. It’s a huge honor to take out the first ever Canberra Mile. My father and uncle (Richard and Michael Freedman) are Yass boys so we have strong ties to this place”.
Today Canberra Racing Club Chairman Ian Mackay announced the Club would extend an offer to all firefighters, both paid and volunteer. This offer is for free entry to both days of the Canberra Carnival, the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (8th March) and the TAB Canberra Cup (9th March).
All firefighters can present themselves to the ticket office at Thoroughbred Park with their credentials to verify and receive a Carnival pass encompassing both days.
Canberra Mile Day in the lead-up to the Black Opal carnival. They race on a good surface with the rail in the true. A day of very competitive racing with plenty of Sydney interest.
Race 1 (2000m) CL1
We are happy to announce Rodger Bartholomew as the major sponsor of the 2020 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes, Fashions on the Field. Thus continuing our long and proud association with the iconic Canberra Store.
Winners of the Rodger Bartholomew Fashions on the Field will be strutting out of Thoroughbred Park with an abundance of glamourous prizes. With over $11,000 worth of prizes to be won on the day, entrants are sure to venture from far and wide.
*Track Good 4/Soft 5; Rail True; Penetrometer 4.22 so likely near or just off the speed early before levelling out for much of the day
(Last meeting Fri, Feb 7; Soft 5; Rail +8m; Penetrometer 3.94)
*RACE 1 @ 2.10pm MAIN LODGE PLATE (2000m) - Class 1; Set Weights & apprentices can claim:
The Affinity Electrical Technologies Canberra Mile will serve as a launchpad into the inaugural Canberra Racing Carnival. With $150,000 in prizemoney and ballot exemption for the TAB Canberra Cup up for grabs, a high-quality contingent of Group and Listed performers has been assembled.
This past summer our beautiful region saw devastating fires, debilitating smoke and disastrous storms. Through these catastrophes however, we saw the best of our communities. Significant levels of financial donations, local businesses collecting and distributing needed goods and many examples of heroism. The community as a whole should be immensely proud of itself for its response in the face of these disasters, non-more so then our heroic firefighters.
The inaugural running of the Affinity Electrical Technologies Canberra Mile has attracted nominations from far and wide. The allure of $150,000 in prize money and ballot exemption for first and second in the TAB Canberra Cup has bought a strong cohort of 24 nominations.
“The Club is delighted with the 181 nominations received across the program which launches the upcoming Canberra Carnival. The Mile in particularly has sparked interest from a number of leading Sydney and local stables” said Canberra Racing Club CEO Andrew Clark.
The track was downgraded to a soft 5 at 1:51pm. Jockeys wanted to keep away from the rail and the conditions wouldn't have suited all.
Race 1 (1000m) Open 2