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. 

Double for Gratz

Written By: Simon Dinopoulos

Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella collected his first winning double for the season at the Canberra race meeting on Friday 28 May, elevating him to outright sixth in the Canberra Race Club’s Trainers Premiership.

The Vella stable collected its first victory when two  year old Milly Turncoat edged out stablemate Tiara Time to win the first race, a two year old handicap over 1000 metres.  A winning quinella for the Canberra based trainer, Vella was very impressed with both horses’ efforts.

Myer face of Canberra Racing 2010 model search

The title of the 2010 Myer face of Canberra Racing will be up for grabs when contestants will take part in Canberra’s only local model search. With the launch today of the competition Sales & Marketing Manager Briony Young said that this year the competition is anticipated to be well contended. “In 2009 the competition was in its first year and we received 46 entrants. This year I expect a lot more after the success of the competition and the high standard of representation from Elkie Stuart”.

Warwick Farm onslaught to Canberra contingent

Guy Walter has cemented a position as one of the top trainers of Australia, with a regular spot in the top ten trainers in the Sydney premiership. Since 1990 he has won over $38m in prize money and only a handful of rivals have produced more than 27 Group 1 victories and over 100 stakes wins.

Guy will bring a calvary of 15 of his 50 horses currently in work to Canberra for the Holiday Race Day on Friday 8 January to take on the locals and to extend his points on the Canberra Premiership board.