Racing And Sports Canberra Racing Preview Friday 21 August 2020

Updated — Racing And Sports Canberra Racing Preview Friday 21 August 2020


They’ll be racing on a Heavy 10 and there’s showers forecast with a top temperature of 9 anticipated. The rail is out 10m and the outside ground will be the place to be.


The meeting has been belted by scratching especially early in the day and clever rides will be at a premium. The last couple of races are particularly tough form assignments. 



Race 1 (1200m) Open 3


No Luck Involved in Casino Time’s Success

It was no stroke of luck for Gratz Vella’s Casino Time when the 4-year-old gelding took out the Peter Lancken Handicap a fortnight ago. A typically tough runner from the Vella stable, Casino Time beat home a strong field over the 2000m at Thoroughbred Park. 

After being balloted out of a TAB Highway, Casino Time will line up in a TAB Federal over the mile in Canberra this Friday. While the grade is harder than anything he has faced in the past, Vella doesn’t think his galloper will be out of his depth. 

Cracking Canberra Preview by Neil Evans 7 August 2020

**RACE 1 @ 12.20pm HYGAIN PLATE (2000m) - Class 1; Set Weights; Apprentices can claim: We kick off a strong & deep meeting with a tactical arm-wrestle for the mainly older stayers. Consistent Warwick Farm mare 4. DREAM MAIDEN (Jason Coyle/TBA; 57kg) looks a good thing after a trio of second placings, most recently chasing home a progressive filly at Goulburn. Only missed a place three times from 11 starts.

A Photo Finish in Canberra Horse of the Year Award

The first crowd at Thoroughbred Park since the Canberra Carnival in March will be treated to an intriguing sub-plot this Friday at Your Event Solution Race Day. Last season’s ‘Canberra Horse of the Year’ winner Prince Jacko will line up against two stablemates on Friday, both of whom will be looking to take his coveted title from him. Keith Dryden’s Balonne and Sweet Knuckle are two of the three gallopers still in the hunt for the crown of Canberra’s Horse of the Year, the other is Mick Smith’s Street Cred.

Racing and Sports Canberra Racing Preview Friday 24 July

Racing resumes at Canberra following a brief break and remarkably we are still racing on the course proper. With fine weather forecast through to race-day the track should present around a Soft 5. The rail is out 3m from the 1000m to the 380m and is true the remainder.   


Race 1 (2000m) BM60


Most of these can race handy and are capable of pushing on to lead over the middle distance. An even contest on paper.