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Members Function and Saturday Race Meeting

Our valued Members and Associates are invited to a complimentary Members and Associates only function held in the Rich Reward Room this Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Beverages and canapes will be served in the function.

This Saturday is also the annual Canberra Outlet Centre Ladies Day proudly supporting Marymead. Marymead hold a function in Silks Room every year and there will be plenty of activity on course with the Canberra Outlet Centre Fashions on the field competition with a ladies and men’s category. You can assist Marymead by making a gold coin donation at the gate if you wish to do so. For more information on Marymead and the valuable services they provide to the Canberra community please visit their website


Fell Swoop – Flying the Canberra Flag at Caulfield

Members can also take the opportunity on Saturday to watch Fell Swoop in the Group 1 $700,000 Galaxy (1100 metres) at Rosehill.

After a great second in the Group 1 win in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) last start, he is primed for Saturday’s Group 1 race.

Fell Swoop has won eight of his 11 starts, with two seconds, and has more than $390,000 in prizemoney.

Matt Dale also has him targeted at the weight-for-age level in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 2.

We wish them all the best this weekend.


Single Gaze – Group 3 Victory

The Nick Olive trained Single Gaze proved too strong in the straight and was a comfortable 3/4 -length winner from Dixie Blossoms, with John O'Shea's Asinara third in the Group 3 Keith F Nolan Classic 1600m at Kembla Grange last Friday.

That is good news for the Canberra trainer given he is planning to give his three-year-old filly a shot at the group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in
a fortnights time.

Jockey Kathy O'Hara had Single Gaze in the perfect position, sitting fourth in behind the leaders on the outside, coming into the final turn.

Olive wanted to test the daughter of Not A Single Doubt over a longer trip and the group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 9 is in the back of his mind.

Single Gaze has amassed more than $850,000 in prizemoney from 12 starts,
with two wins and five places.

After winning a two-year-old plate (1100m) on debut, Single Gaze has run places in some big races, including the Magic Millions Classic, the Magic Millions Three-year-old Guineas, the Black Opal and the group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m).

Meanwhile, the Trevor McIlrick-trained Got The Goss finished third to My Favorite in the AJ Bert Lillye Memorial Handicap (1200m) on the same day at Kembla.


Group 3 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes

In a thrilling finish the Mercedes-Benz Black Opal Stakes was won by Defcon,
trained by Peter Snowden.

After a poor start jumping from the barriers last and from a wide draw, jockey Blake Shinn remained calm aboard the son of Choisir as the pair gradually tacked on to the rear of the field and then plotted the widest course of the runners around
the home turn.

Defcon let down strongly to record an impressive win over Flash Fibian.

 Defcon will start in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes where he is a
$20 chance with

Defcon provided jockey Blake Shinn with a winning double for the program having also won aboard Trick Star in the opening event of the program.

The Canberra Cup was won by Hippopus trained by Gai Waterhouse and ridden by Tim Clark. Hippopus set a solid pace out in front and held on strongly in the straight holding off all challenges.

A great crowd and fantastic colour in the Myer Fashions on the field competition as well as plenty of entertainment and excitement on and off the track provided a great day out for families as well as the social and racing fraternities.


2016 Darwin Cup

For those members who may be travelling North, if you are wishing to purchase reciprocal rights tickets for the Darwin Cup Carnival you must do so in advance of the meeting you wish to attend. Contact Darwin Turf Club Membership
for details (08) 8923 4222.


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