Gai & Nash Target Canberra Cup

By Simon Dinopoulos

The Sydney combination of Gai Waterhouse and Nash Rawiller looks set to contest this year’s Canberra Cup, with the Group 1 winning trainer indicating they could have multiple nominations in the feature race.

Six – year old Stratofortress looks poised to be a leading contender in the listed race after its impressive barrier trial win at Randwick on Friday.

After taking out the Newcastle Cup in September, the son of Stravinsky has only had a slight let up since, and will be looking to continue on from his good form.

Murphy to fly at Gundagai

Speedy customer Murphy's Prospect will be out to put a last start failure behind him when looking perfectly placed in Saturday's Class 2 1000m at Gundagai.

The Murphy's Blue Boy four-year old was super impressive when winning his maiden at Queanbeyan by five lengths before starting a warm favourite at Goulburn when finishing a slightly disappointing fourth beaten three lengths with trainer Matt Dale aware of what went wrong.

Olive and Ward Strike Again

Last seasons leading Canberra trainer Nick Olive and premiership winning jockey Brendan Ward continued their domination of Canberra racing both notching up trebles in the Friday meeting.

Olive went into the meeting with several leading chances and didn't let supporters down striking early with progressive mare Pray To God with Ward in the saddle before having to wait until race six to notch up the double with the lightly raced Fullerton, Ward again doing the steering.

Whipp on the move

Whipp On The Move

 

South Coast trainer Greg Whipp has recently relocated to Canberra and will switch his horses to the care of leading trainer Len Hodgson.

Whipp was offered a job in the nations capital that was too good to refuse and has already commenced work for a local builder as a carpenter leaving him to take a smaller role in the training of his smart gelding Bengello.

Whipp, who is the older brother to successful jockey Jessie said he had no problems switching Bengello to Hodgson but would still play a role in the horses future.

Joseph And Jones Celebrate Partnership With Raceday

By: Alex Steedman 

The stable of new training partnership Barbara Joseph and son Paul Jones will be out in force at Thoroughbred Park on Friday with the annual event also playing host to guest speaker Joe Janiak.

With acceptances to be released tomorrow, the fledgling mother and son training partnership of Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones could have as many as 14 runners taking their place across the eight race card to be conducted at Thoroughbred Park.

Filipa Rosehill Bound

By: Alex Steedman      

Promising Matthew Dale-trained Filipa will encounter a steep rise in class after an easy win on debut when the well bred three-year-old faces Group placed Zutara in the $70,000 Bacardi Breezer Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Filipais among nine acceptors for the fillies Handicap (1200m) which sees the Gai Waterhouse-trained Zutara at the top of the weights with 59.5kg.

Even with proven metropolitan runners in the event, trainer Matthew Dale believes his filly is suited to Saturday's race.

Zaratone Wins ACTTAB TC Cup

By: Alex Steedman 

Nick Olive-trained Zaratone has made it three consecutive wins on the Acton synthetic surface as he held on over the concluding stages to win the ACTTAB Tony Campbell Memorial Cup (1280m) at Thoroughbred Park.

Well supported in betting, Zaratone looked set to be a major player in the Tony Campbell Cup after his last start where he posted a 5.5 length victory in track record time over 1206m.

Da Gama To Explore Firmer Footing

By Dean Walsh

Smart three-year old Senhor Da Gama should appreciate the drop back from city grade when he contests the Benchmark 60 1280m at Canberra on the Acton track on Friday.

Trained at Canberra by Matt Dale, the Commands gelding has created a big impression in a 7 start career winning twice and placing in another with a runaway three length Randwick victory the highlight so far.

Voice Commander Back

By Alex Steedman

Nick Olive-trained dual stakes-winner Voice Commander has returned from a lengthy spell and is back in work prior to his upcoming spring campaign.

The five-year-old returned to work a fortnight ago after going to the paddock following his last start second in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) in January.

Return To Acton Track Racing

By Simon Dinopoulos

 The Canberra Race Club will host their first race meeting on the Acton track for this season on Friday with a number of preparations well underway.

 Four staff members with the aid of a boom lift took four hours to move the winning post from the Course Proper to the Acton Track.

 Featuring a photograph of Parliament House, the winning post was designed in a modular format, allowing staff to take it apart and move it between both tracks.