Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Preview — Sunday 15 November 2020

The Rail is out 7m the Entire and looking at the weather forecast it’s unlikely to race any worse. There’s a real spring feel about the meeting. Plenty of deep races and Sydney gallopers accepted. The Federal is the strongest we’ve seen in a while and creates plenty of interest.


Race 1 (1000m) 2yo Open


Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review — Tuesday 3 November 2020

The Canberra course proper came up a Soft 7 and was upgraded to a Soft 6 after Race 4. As the program unfolded it was clear the better ground was wider than centre and this determined the outcome of a number of races. It was a big day out for veteran Canberra jockey Brendan Ward who booted home 4 winners for 4 different trainers.   



Race 1 (2000m) BM60


Virtual Fashions on the Field Passes with Flying Colours

It was a first Tuesday in November like no other, with would be race-goers forced to get inventive to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day. From Flemington to Canberra, fashionistas donned their fascinators and matching attire at home to participate in the Thoroughbred Park Virtual Fashions on the Field – ‘Melbourne Cup Day – Colour it your way!”.

Cracking Canberra Preview 3 November 2020 by Neil Evans

*Race 1 @ 12.23pm CUSTOM PLUMBING HCP (2000m) - Benchmark 60; Min Weight 55kg; Apprentices Can Claim:


We start a bumper Melbourne Cup day card over the staying journey. Keen at the value on 6YO Goulburn gelding 5. DELUDE (Tash Burleigh/Ms Amy McLucas a2kg; 55kg) who has been in and around the money all prep, and worked home strongly in his last couple. This is barely harder than the BM 58 grade he's been tackling and can peak here.


A Royal Recent Record

In his eight starts since joining the John Rolfe stable, Royal Monarch has amassed three victories and a further four minor placings. His only miss came in the form of a 4th placing in a TAB Federal after copping a significant check. A win in the Mollymook Cup (1200m) on the 18th of October at Nowra was a fantastic reward for connections after picking up the son of Shamus Award for just $1,500. Trainer John Rolfe said a change in environment has been the catalyst for the gelding’s sharp improvement. 

Ian Mackay Steps Down as Chairman, Tim Olive Unanimously Elected as New Chairman

Ian Mackay has not sought re-election as Chairman of the Canberra Racing Club at the committee meeting of 27 October 2020. While Mr. Mackay’s leadership will be missed, his experience and expertise will still be engaged as a member of the Committee. Mr. Mackay steps down as part of a long-term succession plan. 

Canberra Racing Review — Friday 23 October 2020

The track was rated a good 3 and being on-pace looked an advantage. There were some good betting affairs and followers of the Dryden yard would have been on good terms with themselves with the leading barn training three winners. Jockey Blaike McDougall rode a double as did apprentice Ellen Hennessy. Early in the new season Dryden and McDougall are both clear leaders in the ACT Trainer and Jockey premierships.


Race 1 (2000m) BM60


No Easy Fox Beat

The ever-consistent Fox Beat was superb last start when second behind Holy Sunday in a Benchmark 65 at Thoroughbred Park. The Luke Pepper-trained galloper will drop from 2000m to 1600m when he lines up in the TAB Federal on Friday 23 October, on route to the Country Classic (2000m) at Rosehill in a fortnight’s time.