Success Leads To Horse Training Rise In Canberra

 There has been a surge in the number of race horses being trained in Canberra.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the recent success of Single Gaze and Fell Swoop in recent Group 1’s has put the spotlight on the positives of Canberra as a quality training centre.

Stubbs says the Matt Dale stable continues to grow and he expects the same to apply with Nick Olive.

“In fact, there is more interest in Canberra trainers generally, with more owners becoming aware that a Canberra base is certainly no impediment to city success,” he says.

“Our terrific record in the TAB HighwayHandicap Races in Sydneyhas also boosted our profile.

“We now have more horses in training now than we have in at least 15 years.

“This will be bolstered by a stable development being undertaken by local businessman and owner Joe Palombi.   

“Joe is redeveloping the former Rado Boljun stables and Joseph Ible will be relocating from Moruya with five of six horses and Philip Courtney will set up there with an expanded team.”

Stubbs says a new 10 horse water-walker at Canberra will be commissioned shortly and the two existing walkers are being expanded from eight to ten horses.

“That will give us a 30 horse water-walking capacity at any one time.”

Stubbs says work in progressing on the development of the new Actonsynthetic track.

“The new Actonsurface is expected to be laid in June with the first race on it scheduled for 16 July.

“The all-weather provides a positive surface for racing and training during the winter months and adds to the attraction of Canberraas a training venue.”

Stubbs says the Mick Olive-trained Single Gaze will be added to the Canberra Club’s “Wall Of Fame” at a ceremony with connections conducted during the next meeting on 22 April.

He says the 2015-16 Vinery Stud Stakes winner will join Canberra (and formerly) regional-trained horses the like of Camarena, Select Prince, and Merimbula Prince as Group 1 winners on the wall.