Friday race meeting 15 June 2016

Canberra trainers will be out in force this Friday for mid-Winter racing on the course proper and the first meeting held for the new financial year.  The Club has increased prize money to $18,000 per race for all 8 races.  This is an increase of $14,000 in prize money for the meeting.  On alternate meetings this financial year the prize money on offer will be $20,000 per race.

The Joseph & Jones Racing trained Rock on Zariz looks to be the best bet of the day with the 2 kilo claim by apprentice Rachel Hunt on board in the Benchmark 64 Handicap.  Most recently the filly finished 1st in the Highway Handicap in June at Randwick. 

Keith Dryden has 6 runners including a first start by Your Knuckleship in the 1000m Maiden, a member of the Knuckle family, bred locally.  The Knuckle family have had many successes in Canberra, most notably back to back Canberra Cup wins in 2009 and 2010 with Macknuckle.  Your Knuckleship is a half brother to Macknuckle out of the same mare Knucklemania.   Among Dryden’s other starters, Barksdale in the Class 1 Handicap over 1000m has a good partnership with apprentice Rachel Hunt, the pair successful on course with a 1st and 2nd placing at Canberra.

Luke Pepper overall has the most runners with 7 from the local stable.  With
She Zar also in the Class 1 Handicap 1000m and Erins Zar in the Benchmark 55 Handicap has performed well recently.

This Friday’s race meeting will see the return of jockey Richard Bensley, who will resume riding following an injury.

First race is 12:15pm.


Today, the Matt Dale trained Yasnat stepped up to City class with a win at Moonee Valley.  Her three wins under Dale’s guidancehave been on wet tracks.  She won today by a long neck with leading Victorian apprentice Dylan Dunn in the saddle.