Olive Out To Extend Premiership Lead

Leading Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will be out to extend his lead in the Canberra Racing Club Trainer's Premiership on Friday following his fifth straight victory at Thoroughbred Park last meeting.

Having saddled up a winning double at Canberra on Black Opal Stakes day, Olive would go on to collect a winning treble at last month's meeting and now chases his sixth straight victory on Friday.

"It's been a great month for the stable and I couldn't be happier at the moment," Olive said.

Akoonah Tipped To Take The Next Step

Progressive filly Akoonah appears right on track to live up to the hype following her game performance to finish second at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Having made her return with an impressive win at Canberra last month, Olive elected to test the waters with his daughter of Ready's Image in a hope she could make the grade.

A noted front-runner Akoonah quickly found herself in unfamiliar territory when settling towards the rear of the field before recovering well in the straight to hit the line strongly behind the Garry Clarke trained Oh So Adorable.

Back To Zero To Be Respected At Albury

An eye catching performance first up leaves Paul Jones confident stable veteran Back To Zero can break back into the winner's stall at Albury on Thursday.

Making his return from a short two month break the now eight-year-old caught the eye late in the piece when not finishing that far off the talented Messene in the Listed National Sprint.

Having settled down towards the rear the son of Reset hit the line strongly to finish seventh much to Jones's delight.

Albury Guineas To Be Just A Blur

Progressive filly Just A Blur proved quite unlucky in the Canberra Guineas last start and gets her chance to atone at Albury on Friday.

While unlikely to fight out the finish the daughter of Just A Blur was entitled to finish a lot closer after suffering some interference over the concluding stages.

Going on to finish eighth in the feature event left Canberra based trainer Paul Jones in two minds after the race however upon reflection he was quite pleased with her performance.

A Great Weekend For Canberra Racing

Monday 24 March 2014

The chances of the Listed Seppelt Black Opal Stakes being upgraded to Group 3 were enhanced over the weekend by performances of horses who ran well in the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes earlier this month.

On Saturday at Rosehill Gardens Ghibellines who ran 5th in the Black Opal Stakes won the Group 2 Todman Stakes and Lucky Raquie who won the Black Opal Stakes finished 5th in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes.  

Vella Not Kidding Around

The ever consistent You're Kidding Me appears well placed to break through for an overdue win at Canberra on Saturday following his impressive performance in the Camarena last start.

Given little hope by the Bookmakers in the feature event, the son of Zizou proceeded to almost steal the show after leading throughout only to be collared very late in the piece.

Beaten only a neck by the Nick Olive trained Rose Of Falvelon, Vella was delighted by his performance as he did exceed his expectations.

Dale Hits The Right Note

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale continued his impressive record of travelling his horses when former French trained mare Theresmusicplaying saluted at Warwick Farm on Thursday.

Having joined Dale's stable back in September 2012 the daughter of Street Cry hadn't quite lived up to early expectations with Dale admitting she simply needed time to acclimatise.

"She took a couple of preparations to acclimatise which as it is well publicised that a lot of these European gallopers do," Dale said.

Saturday Racing in the Capital

The Canberra Racing Club are excited about their only Saturday race meeting for the season this weekend. 

Apart from the 6 race program there will be a number of off track attractions on the day.  The day is being promoted as a Students Race Day (Trackside) and a large crowd is expected to enjoy the activities around the themed day including the Red Bull DJ Truck and Fashions on the field hosted by Youtube and 104.7 Sunday presenters and comedians the Roundabout Crew.   Fashions on the field registration is from noon to 1:30pm.

Nisbet Makes Fleeting Canberra Return

 Kayla Nisbet has made a whirlwind visit to Canberra to ride two horses for her father John at today’s Black Opal Stakes meeting.

The talented Canberra export, currently apprenticed to David Hayes in Victoria, rarely gets the chance to come back home and jumped at the opportunity when it became available.

“I only had one ride at Echuca for David and he said it probably couldn’t win first-up so I opted to come here for Dad instead,” Nisbaet said.