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The Show Goes On

It will be far from a regular race day this Friday at Thoroughbred Park. The global COVID-19 pandemic means that racing around the country will be held behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. It is not all doom and gloom though, with a fantastic card being assembled for Canberra’s first meeting since an immensely successful Canberra Carnival in early March.  

A quality and open edition of the TAB Federal headlines the 7-race program. Joe Cleary’s Bart has claims in the Benchmark 70 over 1300m with a fantastic first up record (6 starts for 3 wins and 2 placings) but will have to overcome an enormous weight with 64.5kgs, minus Apprentice Jockey Ellen Hennessey’s 2kg claim. Sapphire Coast Trainer Greg Stephens heads up the Brown Mountain with the in-form Peyton Place who has been given a 6-week freshen up after a dominant victory at Goulburn. Local hopes in the feature include Keith Dryden’s Heaven on Earth, Matthew Dale’s Terra Reign and Norm Gardner’s Flora Bel. 

The final race on the program, the TAB Long May We Play Handicap will feature the exciting Propose to Me. The Matthew Dale trained filly showed an explosive turn of foot to score on debut at Wagga. Stuck wide in transit, Propose to Me pounced in the final 100m and looks well placed in the 1300m affair. Dale said “It was a really nice effort on debut, she’s talented.” 

“She has drawn well for late in the day, she will be able to sit where she wants. This looks a suitable race for her to continue her progression.” 

Racing at Thoroughbred Park continues under strict biosecurity risk management protocols in place that align with Government and health authority advice.