Melbourne Spring For Almost Court

Canberra Cup winner ALMOST COURT is back in work with a Melbourne spring campaign planned.

Co-trainer Paul Jones, says Almost Court is likely to target the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes first-up over a mile at Moonee Valley.

Jones says the former New Zealand gelding has been nominated for some of the better spring races and the Dato’ will provide them with an indication of how he shapes up.

“He’s been back in work for five weeks and is in good order,” Jones said.  

Waller to train Single Gaze

Racing Australia has listed Chris Waller as the new trainer of Single Gaze, surprising the Canberra racing community.

The former Nick Olive-trained Group 1 winner was recently farewelled from the capital after being sold to Japan’s Northam Stud as a broodmare.

Olive told Tab Radio’s Steve Hewlett that “it was a bit of a shock for all of us involved to be honest”.

Olive said they were “approached to sell her privately, we decided to sell her on the proviso she would be going to stud in Japan”

Strong Nomination’s For Canberra Friday

Canberra’s Acton synthetic track has again drawn strong nominations for Friday’s meeting.

ACT Trainer Premiership leaders Keith Dryden-Scott Collings have only three horses listed:  Ziganui and Balansa in the Monaro Windows BM 60, and Buddyiz who resumes in the Moby Dicks’s Tavern Maiden.

Nick Olive has nominated five horses with a couple double accepted, and Matt Dale nine.  

Dale’s Belfast Bella creates interest on the Moby Dick’s Tavern Maiden.

Keith Dryden-Scott Collings In Premiership Driving Seat

Canberra’s Keith Dryden-Scott Collings training partnership maintain a 10 win lead in the ACT Trainer Premiership with just two meetings of the 2017-18 racing season remaining.

Pipped at the post last year on the final race day, a first premiership for Collings and another for Dryden would be richly deserved.

They’ve delivered 29 winners at Canberra at a strike rate of 22% delivering more than $571,000 in prize money.

At all venues the partnership has recorded 43 winners in the season this far one fewer than their first year tally as a combination.

Things spice up for Pepper Racing

Canberra’s Luke Pepper stable is in a good space and has been enjoying plenty of recent success.  

SHEZACRAFTSMAN has been leading the charge scoring at both runs for the yard. She is one of a number of former Kiwi’s with Pepper who were brought as future broodmares by Gold Class Racing.

“She came to us with pretty moderate form in New Zealand over a mile and further but has blossomed in our system,” Pepper said.

 “She’s regained her zest for racing.”

Keith Dryden looking to add to score

Keith Dryden looks primed to extend his lead in the Canberra Racing Club premierships with some fancy starters on the synthetic track on Friday.

With a ten win lead from Nick Olive, additional points could be added by the afternoon. 

In the Benchmark 62 Bull Bailey is looking for his third win in a row and Like A Shot, looking for his second win in a row will start in the Benchmark 65 Handicap. 

The first race is 11:45am.


Canberra to host the Melbourne Cup tour

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that Canberra will join racing history when it plays host to the iconic 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup in 2018.

Canberra was revealed as a Tour destination at a special event in Richmond, Melbourne, joining 36 other cities and towns across the globe that will be part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. 

Canberra Racing Club Business and Marketing Manager Briony Young said being part of the Tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Big Leaders — ACT Jockey/Trainer Premierships

With less than two months of the 2017-2018 racing season remaining, there’s clear-cut contenders for the ACT Jockey and Trainer premierships.

Mathew Cahill holds a six win lead over Richard Bensley in the jockey division striking at 22% on Canberra tracks.

Bensley is benefiting from choice rides with the Nick Olive stable and this season looks his best chance to take out the title.