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Increased Luncheon Facilities for Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes Day - Sunday 6 March 2016

Members will be aware of the difficulty of obtaining a table at which to sit after purchasing a meal from the Black Opal Room carvery due to the permanent and reserved table arrangements. On Black Opal day this year an additional carvery serving the same menu as the Black Opal Room will be set up in the Owners Room from which meals may be purchased from 11.30 to 3pm and afternoon tea to 3.30pm.

Tables of four will be set up in both the Owners Room and the Thoroughbred Club which will accommodate up to 72 people per sitting. The arrangements are that the tables provided are for dining only and not as a permanent position for the day. We ask that members who purchase a meal vacate the tables designated after consuming lunch. From 3.30pm these tables will be available to sit at for the rest of the day.

For members' information, the Owners Room is no longer used as the Owners Room. Owners now avail complimentary drink and food (vouchers of which are distributed from the Administration Office to listed Owners) and view the replay of their respective race from the Thoroughbred Club situated on the first floor of the Queen Elizabeth stand. There are tables available in the Thoroughbred Club for all day seating apart from the tables designated for meals.


New Addition to Training Ranks

Joseph (Joe) Ible has relocated to Thoroughbred Park from Moruya and has taken up stables owned by Palombi Property Pty Ltd which were recently purchased from Rado and Maria Boljun. Palombi Property are currently doing a lot of work renovating the stables and yards. Joe Ible has a team of five horses including Vision and Verse a winner of consecutive races at Kembla Grange and Hawkesbury. Vision and Verse is engaged in the Country Championship Heat at Goulburn on Saturday.   Joe hopes to build up his team in the coming months he can be contacted on 0498 351 658.

Philip Courtney will also train out of the Palombi Property Stables with an expanded team, Philip can be contacted on 0423 343 216.  In total there are 27 trainers approved to train at Thoroughbred Park all of which are listed with contact numbers on the Club web site under the RACING drop down Menu – CANBERRA BASED TRAINERS. Web Site:   


Automated Horse Walkers

In 2004 as part of the track and training facilities redevelopment the Club installed two 8 berth automated horse walking machines which have proved to be very popular with trainers and are fully utilised to the point where there is more demand than spaces on the walkers in peak time. Committee have approved the purchase of one additional 10 berth horse walker as well as increasing the capacity of the existing walkers from 8 to 10 berth by installing additional dividers. With an increasing number of horses in training at Thoroughbred Park the new walker and increased capacity of the existing walking machines will provide trainers with improved training facilities.


Acton Track

The project to replace the surface of the Acton Track is making progress, there have been a number of issues that have been worked through, we now believe most of these are resolved and anticipate that the surface will be replaced between late May and the end of June.    


Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes Day

With plenty of entertainment for the whole family, we encourage all members to come to the Black Opal Stakes day this year and enjoy the festival atmosphere. A free jumping castle and face painting for the kids and live music throughout the afternoon will ensure an enjoyable day out with 8 races on the day as well as the Myer fashions on the field competition.


Thoroughbred Club of Australia – Canberra Branch Autumn Luncheon

Gerry Harvey is this years' guest speaker for the annual Autumn luncheon hosted by the Canberra Branch of the Thoroughbred Club of Australia. There are still limited tickets available for $130 per person all inclusive. The lunch includes 4 courses and matched Penfold wines. After the event guests will be welcome to enter the "Deck Marquee" for a sneak peak at this years styling and design. The Deck Marquee is a sell out with 312 people booked in for Black Opal day. Bookings close Monday 22 February at 5pm Call the Club on 6204 0000.


Pre-Black Opal Trackwork Breakfast


Due to the waning of interest over the past few years it has been decided not to conduct the usual Track work breakfast leading up to Black Opal Stakes day.


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Affinity Electrical Technologies Lightning Ridge Plate day

Don't forget this Sunday is the Affinity Electrical Technologies Lightning Ridge Plate day, there is a good line up of 2 year olds for this race. First race is at 1:28pm and the last is 5:12pm.


Canberra Horses

Canberra trained horses continue to do well in the Highway Handicaps in Sydney. The most recent winner being Keith Dryden's Halfpenny Gate on Saturday 30 January.

This Saturday 3 Canberra horses line up in the Highway Handicap. Supa Vision trained by Robert Potter, Beau Tirage trained by Keith Dryden and Still Missing trained by Trevor McIllrick.

In the SERA heat of the Country Championships at Goulburn on Saturday there are 7 Canberra trained horses in the field and 1 Canberra trained horse is an emergency. This race is at 4:50pm on Saturday.

The Matt Dale trained Fell Swoop continues to do well in training. He has had an easy trial at Goulburn followed by a jump out and a couple of solid gallops on the Acton track. His likely return to racing will be in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield next Saturday.


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