Shaft Moves To Hardwick Stud

The Silver Slipper Stakes-Gr.2 winner Shaft (Flying Spur-Traceable by Rahy) will stand at Hardwick Stud, Yass from 2014 on a fee of $3300.

The Danehill grandson, whose dam is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, is already the sire of 50 winners of close to $2m including NZ stakes winner and Gr.1 runner-up Magic Shaft.

He’s also sired the smart city winners Such Hope, Erin’s Element, Flight Academy, Massale, Deakes and Boom Baby Boom and his runners have a winning distance index of 1225m.

Just A Blur Set To Bounce Back

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is adamant you will see a different filly at Canberra on Thursday following Just A Blur's disappointing performance at Warwick Farm last start.

Proceeding to experiment with her gear following her slashing performance at Albury two back, Jones said it completely back fired.

"At Albury she kept throwing her head about with her mouth wide open so we elected to tinker with her gear and it proved an abject failure, Sam [Clipperton] said the whole race she was fighting him," Jones said.

Chasing Charlie Brings Up The Hat-trick

Promising three-year-old Chasing Charlie is finally starting to live up to his name following another dominant display when notching up his third straight win at Wagga on Tuesday.

Having created a big impression on debut when saluting easily at Canberra the son of Myboycharlie failed to really come on in his next two preparations before a change of tactics quickly turned his form around.

Previously ridden back in his races, Canberra based trainer Paul Jones elected to roll forward on the three-year-old three starts back, culminating with an impressive win at Wagga.

Dale Strikes The Right Chord

Patience has really proven the key to former French based mare Theresmusicplaying with the six-year-old now chasing her second victory in metropolitan company at Randwick on Wednesday.

In what is her third preparation with Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale, the daughter of Street Cry has really started to come into her this time in culminating with an impressive victory at Warwick Farm two starts back.

"I think she has just taken a couple of preparations to acclimatise and now she is going better than ever," Dale said.

Ear Muffs A Unanimous Decision

The form book may not read in his favour but Matthew Dale is well aware Unamimously's record at Caulfield is more than meets the eye.

While unplaced in his two prior attempts at Caulfield, Unanimously returns to the scene of the crime which saw him post his career peak performance when finishing fifth in last year's Oakleigh Plate.

"Last time he was second up at Caulfield over 1100m (off a month's break also) he run a very gallant fifth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate off a wide barrier," Dale said.

Al Ahmar Sets Sights On Murrumbidgee Cup

Stable stalwart Al Ahmar chases back to back victories at Wagga on Sunday following his impressive display in the Gundagai Cup last start.

In what proved successive victories in the feature event, the son of Al Maher proceeded to relish the testing conditions when coming from near last to sweep down the outside to salute easily by two lengths.

A proven a model of consistency this time in having now placed in four of his last five starts, Canberra based trainer Paul Jones will now set his sights on Sunday's Murrumbidgee Cup at Wagga.

Commander Aims To Go Out A Winner

 An emotional day appears in store for Canberra based trainer Nick Olive with the likely retirement of stable star Capital Commander after Friday's Orange Cup.

Having flown the stable's flag for a number of seasons, Olive rated the daughter of Commands as one of his favourite horses in recent memory.

"She'd be right up there as one of my favourites so it will be a bit emotional at Orange on Friday," Olive said.

Canberra Races abandoned Friday 4 April

After 40ml of rain since 6:30am and in consultation with RacingNSW in an attempt to find an alternative date, todays race meeting at Canberra has been officially abandoned.

The Club will run a fresh set of barrier trials on Tuesday 8-4 on the Acton track commencing at 9:30am (with track work ceasing at 9am). Nominations for these trials close at 1pm on Monday 7-4.