Kavanagh Claims Emotional Canberra Guineas Win

Interspersed has come from a long way back to take out the Listed Group One Canberra Guineas in spectacular fashion at Canberra on Sunday.

The Sam Kavanagh-trained runner was last seen when running an unlucky second at Randwick-Kensington and will now be aimed at Keith Nolan Classic at Kembla Grange before potentially heading towards the Vinery.

The Well fancied Liberty’s Choice crossed from the wide barrier to lead ahead of Watabout and The Monstar with Interspersed ridden by Jason Collet biding her time back in the field over the 1400m trip.

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.

Lucky Raquie Sweeps Home To Claim Black Opal

A well timed run from Glyn Schofield has seen Gerald Ryan collect his second Seppelt Black Opal Stakes with well bred filly Lucky Raquie sweeping home to salute in the feature event.

Having showed good ability when finishing third on debut in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes the daughter of Encosta De Lago proceeded to struggle in the heavy conditions when resuming in the Widden Stakes last start.

Adamant Lucky Raquie  would bounce back on firmer footing, she showed a sharp return to form and reaffirmed Ryan’s early high opinion of his filly.

Rose Of Falvelon Claims Camarena

The stellar run of local gallopers has continued at Canberra with Rose Of Falvelon claiming a hotly contested Camarena Handicap over 1000m.

The Nick Olive mare narrowly held out Sydney galloper Agent, giving the stable a second-straight win on the Super Sunday card. Fellow local You’re Kidding Me fleshed out the minor placings while star Queanbeyan filly Oh So Adorable managed fifth after a torrid run throughout.

Rose Of Falvelon  came into the race off a Friday night flop at Canterbury two weeks ago, but Olive never wavered in aiming up in a strong Camarena.

Jacquinot Bay Wins Canberra Cup

Jacquinot Bay has taken out the 2014 ACTTAB Canberra Cup with a grinding win over the gallant Honourable Aussie.

After solid displays in both the Might And Power and Parramatta Cups, Jacquinot Bay went into Sunday’s $200,000 Canberra Cup well fancied.

Settled fourth by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, the pair moved into clear space on straightening with ease and began their pursuit of early leader Honourable Aussie.

Messene Eyes Doncaster After Sprint Win

Messene took a major step towards a run in next month’s Doncaster Handicap with a gritty win in Canberra’s Listed National Sprint on Sunday.

The resuming Hawkes galloper sat wide early from his wide gate, ambled up to second midrace and hit the front with 400m to go, holding off Victorian raider Reparations for an eighth career win.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was delighted with the tough win and hoped it would enhance the five-year-old’s chances at running in the Doncaster.

Gai to Fire


Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse could easily have a field day at the Seppelt Black Opal meeting on Sunday.

The Waterhouse entrants for the big four Listed races are Mr Cha Cha in the $275,000 Black Opal (1200m), Julienas in the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m), Mr Jackman and Liberty’s Choice in the $120,000 Canberra Guineas (1400m) and Under The Sun in the $120,000 National Sprint (1400m).

The stable rides will be shared by Tommy Berry and Tim Clark.

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 9 March Black Opal Stakes Day

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 9 March 2014

Race 1:  3 – 9 – 7 - 13

Race 2:  8 -12 – 1 - 3

Race 3:8 – 4 – 1 - 10

Race 4:  11 – 9 – 1 -5

Race 5:  1 – 2 – 6 - 16

Race 6:  2 – 4 – 3 - 1

Race 7:   3 – 1 – 6 – 5

Race 8 – 4 – 8 – 1 - 2

Best Bet Race 1 #3 Regents Park

Local trainers horses in the running for Sunday

By John Hourigan

Trainer Nick Olive by-passed the Lightning Ridge Stakes with Calypso Choice and, on the same day, produced the filly for a first-up win over 1100m at Bathurst. It is hard to line up Bathurst form but the $30,000 purchase can do no more than win. Though the filly’s dam, Cap Juluca (NZ), never raced, all seven of her foals have won.