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Acton Track update

The Canberra Racing Club Committee have taken the decision that race meetings will not be conducted on the Acton Track in the winter of 2015 and that racing will remain on the turf course proper during this period.

The Club is committed to retaining a synthetic track for racing and training as the current synthetic track has proved to be highly successful since it was installed in 2004.

The Committee and Club Management are exploring all options in respect to the Acton Track including scientific laboratory testing of synthetic mixes to the Club’s specifications and seeking advice from experts in the field which will be followed by field tests.

It is imperative that the Club explores all options including financial implications to ensure the best outcome for the Canberra Racing Club, its members and racing industry participants. The options include a replenishment and top up of the existing surface or replacement of the entire surface. The estimated cost ranges from $500,000 to $2,400,000.

It is anticipated that the works will be completed by December this year, in the meantime training will continue on the current surface.

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Important Race Dates

The Canberra Racing Club has released its race date schedule for the 2015/2016 which comprises of 25 race meetings mostly conducted fortnightly expect for the month of May when there is a month break between race meetings.

The most significant variation to previous years is the date of the Black Opal Stakes/Canberra Cup race meeting which has been changed from its usual positioning on the Sunday prior to the Canberra day public holiday. Next year the Black Opal Stakes will be held on Sunday 6 March 2016 the first weekend of March and not the Canberra day long weekend.

This has come about by the movement of the Golden Slipper Stakes in Sydney due to the date when Easter falls and the scheduling of the Championship races in Sydney.

The Committee carefully considered the options of staying on the long weekend or maintaining a two week gap between the Black Opal Stakes and the Golden Slipper Stakes. The Golden Slipper is the richest two year old race in the world and the "grand final” of two year old races in Australia. Remaining on the long weekend would have resulted in a six day break between the two races and over time could impact on the Group 3 rating of the Black Opal Stakes.

All things considered the Club wishes to develop the Black Opal Stakes into a genuine lead up race to the Golden Slipper and the revised date will also provide an opportunity to test the notion that the crowd will increase when not scheduled on a long weekend due to ACT citizens travelling away for the long weekend."


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2015/2016 Membership information

The annual membership renewal information and forms have been posted. Members who have taken the 3 year membership option will receive their membership card and booklet in the mail at the end of the month and annual members after you have renewed your membership.

The information booklet provided with your membership card contains important information including the Black Opal Room table ballots, your complimentary bottle of wine voucher as well as complimentary Black Opal Stakes Day members’ ticket request.

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Noteable Recent Wins for Canberra Trainers



Congratulations to Trevor Mcilrick and Got the Goss for winning the $100,000 Wagga Town Plate on 30 April 2015. Got the Goss’ owners Mrs B A Southwell and Ms W Lees would be thrilled with the win which takes the Gelding’s prizemoney to $173,550 in total.

Matthew Dale had a terrific day at the Scone Carnival with Karakuchi winning the $60,000 Benchmark 70 Country Cup for owners the Medius Enterprises Syndicate.

And local hoop Richard Bensley had two Listed wins at the Scone Carnival in the $140,000 Luskin Star Stakes on Artlee and the $400,000 Scone Guineas on Loved Up.

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