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Truffle Lunch and Race Day

The Thoroughbred Club of Australia – Canberra Branch has partnered with Chef AndrewHaskins of 3seeds to present a 4 course truffle inspired luncheon on Sunday 5 July.

Truffle’s grown locally from Black Truffles of Canberra will be prepared and bookings are now open. For $120 per person you can enjoy a great day of racing, a 4 course meal with beverages and great entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Book now for the Truffle Lunch Race Day presented by the Thoroughbred Club of Australia - Canberra Branch

Sunday 5 July 2015
12 noon until 4:30pm

Oven roasted Portobello Mushroom with Truffle Butter & a Pillow of Puff

A Breast of Chicken filled with Truffle infused Brie, creamy Polenta & Green Beans

Grass fed Veal Fillet marinated in Truffle & Monte d’oro Olive Oil & served with a Cauliflower Pecorino puree, Sherry & Truffle Jus & fried Parsnip Chips

Chocolate Truffle Truffle, Gold Leaf and a shot of Spanish Sherry

Beverages served throughout the day

To book call 6204 0000 or fax through the booking form to 6241 5697.
Bookings close 30 June.


Thoroughbred’s shine in the most demanding of disciplines

Retraining and re-homing Thoroughbred horses for a life after racing, including equine competition,police work, recreational riding and companion animals is high on the agenda with race clubs around Australia and the hard work and perseverance that it takes to retrain an animal to a degree of ability can be an arduous task. There are many hard working people who are empathetic to an ex-racehorse and provide them with a loving forever home. But for some, the willingness, flexibility, intelligence and attitude of a Thoroughbred is the perfect combination for a top competition horse.

Retraining facilities such as the NSW Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust (TRT) are doing great things with Off The Track Thoroughbred’s, a fantastic initiative by Racing NSW.

With the 2016 Rio Olympics being held, competition in the disciplines of dressage, eventing and showjumping for a team to represent Australia is well under way. Interestingly, a number of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are stamping their mark and we could potentially see an ex-racehorse going for gold glory in Rio.

Recently at the Weribee Equestrian Trials 60 of the 170 competitors were ex-racehorses and there are several ex-racehorses being trained under the guidance of some top Australian competitors suchas ex-pat Andrew Hoy, Chris Burton and Sonja Johnson.


Sandy Naming Ceremony

On Tuesday 16 June the official naming ceremony of “Sandy” took place. The original "Sandy" was the only one of nearly 140,000 Australian horses to be returned to Australia after the war. He was a bay gelding of 16 hands with a white star forehead and was allocated to Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges as his charger. Bridges had been thefirst Commandant at the Royal Military College Duntroon and was Commander of the 1st Australian Division at Gallipoli where he was mortally wounded. In his will he had asked thathis favourite horse "Sandy" be returned to Canberra (RMC) at wars end. At the Defence Ministers personal intervention, "Sandy" was returned to Australia and looked after at the remount depot at Maribyrnong near Melbourne where he lived out his days until he died in 1923.

A group of local Canberrans have decided to name their racehorse "Sandy" to commemorate the Centenary of WWI and the role of Australian horses in it and in honour of the original “Sandy”. Todays "Sandy" resembles the old warhorse in so many ways. He is also a 16 hand bay gelding with a white star on the forehead. He is by Nothin' Leica Dane who won six races, two at group 1 level including the Victoria Derby and was second to Doriemus in the 1995 Melbourne Cup. Connections are hoping that Peter Wiggins, a local trainer, can turn him into a successful stayer. After all he has Sir Tristram and Danehill blood lines and goes back to Vain on the dam side (Impetuance). Sandywas bred by Canberra Racing Club Committee member Les Boag.

The name Sandy was readily agreed upon by the members of the owners syndicate, most of whom had some family connection with the forces and felt that the name Sandy was an appropriate way to commemorate WWI and the original "Sandy" in particular. They also noted that General Bridgeshad lived in Canberra where he was the foundation Commandant of The Royal Military Collegeof Australia.

Sandy is an unraced three year old in his first preparation. As he races around the district, connections are hoping he might provide a subtle reminder of the sacrifices made by manand horse in WWI.



Bonecrusher, the horse responsible for one of the greatest ever WS Cox Plate performances, hasdied in New Zealand at the age of 32.

The popular gelding who was purchased for just $3,250 was euthanised at the property of his owner Shirley Mitchell after contracting the hoof disease laminitis.

Bonecrusher is part of Australasian racing folklore with his most famous victory in the 1986 CoxPlate after a duel down the straight with Our Waverley Star.

He was trained throughout his career by Frank Ritchie.

As well as claiming the Cox Plate, Bonecrusher won six other Group 1 races in Australia and New Zealand, including the Derbies of both countries and the Australian Cup.

He raced 44 times for 18 wins, five seconds and 12 thirds. Bonecrusher, nicknamed Big Red, wasthe first New Zealand galloper to earn over $1 million in prize money.

Some may remember in 1988 when Queen Elizabeth II attended the race meeting to open thenewly constructed Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand and witness the running of the Queen ElizabethII Stakes named in her honour. She was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Australia Robert“Bob” Hawke. Two champions of the day Beau Zam and Bonecrusher fought it out in a thrilling finish to the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with Beau Zam prevailing by the margin of a head.


Black Opal Room Lunch Prices

Our half size meals in the Black Opal Room will increase to $16.50 effective Sunday 5 July.


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