Rosehill beckons Guymer

Talented apprentice jockey Shaun Guymer will head to Sydney this weekend with almost a full book of rides at Rosehill Gardens.

The young hoop, who has been indentured to Canberra trainer Mark Schmetzer will move to the Kevin Moses stable starting Monday as he looks to consolidate his career in Sydney, after recently losing his country claim.

“Once I lost my claim it was pretty hard and the rides started to dry up a little bit so I had to look at other options,” said Guymer.

Course Proper - the proper return!

Racing will return to the course proper at Canberra this Friday after a successful winter season on the Acton Synthetic track.

The eight race programme has brought strong acceptances of local and non local horses and is sure to be a very competitive days racing.

The first meeting on the course proper was scheduled for two weeks ago but an explosion and fire in the surrounding area caused the meeting to be called off.

The feature event on the programme will be the Grahame Bugden Golf Benchmark 75 Handicap which is to be run over 1200 metres.

Strong nominations for ACTTAB Tony Campbell Memorial Cup

Ten nominations have been taken for the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup to be run at Canberra this Friday; including the Nick Olive- Canberra trained duo Zaratone and NSW Champion Country Horse Of The Year Voice Commander.


Zaratone, who took out the race last year returned in good order when winning the Starlight Stakes just over two weeks ago at Rosehill and will be looking to continue his good form which includes three wins from four starts on the track.


Happy Times for Vella

Happy Time from the Gratz Vella stable will go into his race at Queanbeyan on Monday full of confidence after a last start second at Canberra.


The four-year-old has been struggling for form of late but managed to put it all together to run his first placing since August last year.


The son of Foreplay has shown potential throughout his career and Vella is confident Happy Time can build on his recent good form.


Osborne's shout at the Bar

To Dubawi Go will look to continue her winning form in the Tursa Employment & Training Grafton Guineas on Wednesday.


It took the three-year-old Dubawi filly 11 starts to break through for a maiden win which came at Canberra three starts ago, and was backed up with a win the very next start at Kembla Grange.


Strong Hand

By Simon Dinopoulos 

The Joseph and Jones stable look to hold a very strong hand heading into today’s meeting at Thoroughbred Park with a number of their gallopers poised to take centre stage.

Both Delabombell and gutsy stayer Ultimate Gaze looked well placed in their return to Canberra after recently competing at the Metropolitan level.

“Delabombell looks to be our leading chance on Sunday,’’ Jones said

Canberra Cup Transfer

The Canberra Racing Club has moved to create a “Super Sunday” Race Day by transferring the $200,000 Canberra Cup race onto the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes race program on Sunday 11 March next year. 

The Canberra Racing Club Committee decided on the move at a meeting on Tuesday, a move which followed consultation with racing industry representatives.   

Queanbeyan Star back in work

Karuta Queen, the Flying filly from Queanbeyan is back in work and trainer Neville Layt is planning an all out assault on the spring carnivals in both Sydney and Melbourne.


The two-year-old Not A Single Doubt filly returned to Layt’s Queanbeyan stables last week after a well deserved eight week break.


“She has spelled enormous,” Said Layt. “I am very happy with the way she has returned, she looks terrific and hasn’t changed at all.”


There’s Not A Single Doubt About Dale

By Dean Croker

Canberra based trainer Mathew Dale’s successful association with sire Not A Single Doubt continued at Wagga yesterday when debutant Not A Dancer demolished a field of two-year-olds by seven lengths over 1000 metres.

Jumping as a $2.60 favourite, Not A Dancer ridden by Brendan Ward bounced to the front and never looked threatened, kicking clear on the turn to run away with an impressive win, leaving the rest of the field to fight it out for the minor placing’s.

30th Anniversary on track!

Thoroughbred Park will welcome the members, guests, players and board of the Gungahlin Jets Australian Football Club to the track on Tuesday 26 April. 

Celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2011, the same year AFL Canberra celebrates 100 Years of Australian Football in the ACT, Thoroughbred Park are are delighted to partner with the Gungahlin Jets in hosting the race meeting; including the inaugural running of the ‘Bink Cement Products 50th Anniversary Footballers Sprint.’