Kiwi Gelding Set For Australian Debut in Moruya

Talented Kiwi five-year-old Director has been set for a first-up win in Australia in the $40,000 Moruya Cup on January 22.

Trainer Brian Court is bringing Director to Australia for the Moruya Cup (1660m) before handing over the gelding to leading Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.

Joseph and Jones have forged a strong connection with Court, with the Kiwi owner-trainer set to become a regular source of lightly-raced prospects for their stable.

The Federal - Off and running

The first running of The Federal, a $40,000 race at Thoroughbred Park will run tomorrow at 5:15pm.  19 Acceptances, pertaining to a full field of 15 runners will start in the historic event.  
Out of the 15 starters, 14 runners are local.

The announcement by Canberra Racing Club Chairman Paul Meiklejohn in December introduced the exciting new concept for Canberra Thoroughbred racing offering $50,000 in prize money on each of the 25 race programs conducted by the Canberra Racing Club per annum in order to support the training base at Thoroughbred Park.

JOHN SCORSE TIPS FOR Friday 29 December 2017

Race 1 
3 7 6 4

3 - Jindaberra - Super consistent last preparation, placed 7 of 12 runs in stronger maidens than this.  Looks set to break his duck here.
7 - Chandon Kisses - Very competitive in a strong trial back in July. Expect a forward showing on debut. 
6 - Baby Jive - Both runs last prep at the provincials, watch market. 
4 - Zariz No Other - Next best.

Race 2  
2 3 1 5

Good form in 2018 for Canberra

Thoroughbred racing in Canberra enters 2018 in “strong” shape, according to Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs.

2017 delivered many racing highlights in the Capital, but was marred by the tragic deaths of two female track riders — Riharna Thomson and more recently Samara Johnson — deeply affecting all in the industry participants.

Norm Gardner finds his form

Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner Says Metralla Pick Of 3yo’s

The Norm Gardner stable has struck form with a win (Upper House) and three placings (Caccini, Ultraviolet and Trying) from its last four runners — all at Wagga.

Gardner says his three year olds — Upper House, Ultraviolet, and Caccini— have always shown ability, but haven’t always enjoyed the best of fortune.  Upper House broke through for a deserved win at Wagga and Ultraviolet was beaten by the barrier.

Canberra Steps Up To Fill Highway Void

The Canberra Racing Club has moved decisively to fill the void left when Racing NSW excluded local trainers from its Highway races for country-trained gallopers.

The Club has announced the introduction of ‘The Federal’ — a $40,000 dollar race to be conducted at each of the Club’s 25 race programs.

Furthermore there will be $10,000 in bonus monies for Canberra-trained horses only, split on a 60%, 30%, 10% basis for the first three locals across the line. Horses finishing further back than 10th are not eligible to receive the bonus.

Canberra Rider Passes Away in Road Accident Tragedy

The Canberra racing fraternity has been deeply saddened by the death of approved picnic and trackwork rider Samara Johnson in a motor vehicle accident near Junee on Sunday afternoon.

Samara’s partner, licensed Canberra racehorse trainer Gary Kirkup, was critically injured in the accident and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital. It’s understood he will undergo further surgery today.

Counselling support has been arranged by Racing NSW to help assist participants during this time.

Canberra Trainer Todd Smart Weighs Up Weekend Options

Canberra trainer Todd Smart is weighing up his options with two form-runners set to race over the weekend.

Attainment and City Boots both impressed at their last starts and are nominated for Canterbury on Friday night.

Attainment is a dead set wet-tracked and Smart will watch the weather to determine whether the Commands gelding races there or at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

He comes off a strong BM 60 win at Gundagai where he relished the heavy conditions running his best race.

Maryore set for return

Provincial Championship winner Maryore has trialled in Sydney and is ready for her return to racing.

Maryore is now with emerging Canberra trainer Joe Ible and was set to race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day but had a minor set-back.  

The 6yo mare settled back in Thursday’s Randwick Open trial with race-ride Tim Clark up and hit the line stylishly to place.  “She had a few weeks off and needed the trial to bring her to peak fitness,” Ible said.

Token of Love set for 2018 Canberra Cup

Canberra mare Token Of Love will be set for the 2018 Canberra Cup following her third in Saturday’s Group 2 $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.  

Token Of Love ($21) ran her best-ever race building off her brave second in the $120,000 Emerson Handicap at Moonee Valley; having won in Sydney in lesser company prior.

Token Of Love is trained by the resurgent Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones yard and is owned by long-time stable supporters Hancox Bloodstock.