Canberra Horse of the Year (2018/2019) Prince Jacko makes his return after a 5-month spell this Wednesday at Thoroughbred Park. Trainer Keith Dryden will be hoping his 7-year old can replicate the form that saw the gelding miss the podium just once in his past 8 starts. The only miss was a strong 5th, only 1.1L back, in a TAB Highway. If Prince Jacko is to continue his rich vein of form, he will have to offset a tricky barrier.
Canberra Racing Club Chief Operating Officer Amy Squires would like to announce the Club will be supporting The Australian Red Cross disaster relief that supports those effected by bushfires and other disasters.
$1 from every bottle of water and Iron Jack lager sold during the month of January on race days and during functions will be donated to support those affected by the recent fires. I encourage all members to purchase a water or a beer to support this worthy cause.
The Canberra Racing Club waste no time springing into action post Xmas festivites, hosting a very healthy nine race program this Friday. A strong contingent of gallopers from leading Sydney stables are bound to make their presence felt, particularly in the quaddie legs. We race on a Good 4 with the rail slightly out (4m) for the entire.
Race 1 @ 1:00pm: John McGrath Auto Group 2YO Handicap (1000m)
A short and sharp Christmas break lays ahead for the many trainers, jockeys and staff throughout the racing industry. Christmas Day is a seldom day off for many of these hardworking participants. Apprentice jockey Damon Budler, fresh off taking out the Christmas Cup at Moruya aboard Man of Peace will be looking to enjoy some down time with family before mounting a number of live hopes at Thoroughbred Park’s Holiday Race Day on Friday the 27th.
“I’m starting to get a number of good rides now. It’s great.” Budler said.
Race 1 (1000m)
NITROUS started at prohibitive odds and lead comfortably. He was resuming off a Group 3 on debut and made easy work of it coming away to win for a leading Sydney yard. The Deep Field colt had lengths on these. It was a solid debut by COME GET ME and QUEENSTREET BOSS also battled on well.
Race 2 (1400)
The weather has been hot in the Capital with the track in the good range. The rail is out 2m the entire. A small field in the first, but that is followed by competitive races that should prove good betting affairs.
Race 1 (1000m)
A rare appearance in the nation’s capital from superstar jockey Tommy Berry highlights this Sunday’s Christmas Party Race Day. Berry who has won Group 1’s in Hong Kong, Singapore, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney has 6 rides on the day including two for father-in-law John Nisbet.
The Canberra Racing Club is pleased to announce the completion of new solar panels and Tesla charging stations atop the betting ring in Thoroughbred Park. Both were completed by the highly-skilled team at EPC Solar. One hundred percent of energy produced by the new solar panels are consumed on site and take a massive weight off Thoroughbred Park’s carbon footprint. The cut in emissions is the equivalent to 22.5 cars being taken off the road per year or 1,754 trees being planted.
Race 1 (1000m)
Almost Court (NZ) was a struggling gelding failing to break his maiden in New Zealand when the team at Joseph & Jones Racing purchased him. His 6-start career across the Tasman was about to have an incredible turn of fortune. In a masterful training performance, the gelding won 6 of his first 9 Australian starts for his Canberra-based stable. Those string of victories started in a Class 1 at the Sapphire Coast and culminated in a fairy tale victory in the $200,000 2018 TAB Canberra Cup (Listed).