Will a Prince be crowned at Canberra on Friday?

Prince Jacko enters the final meeting of the season at Canberra locked in a tight battle to be crowned Canberra Horse of the Year with three other rivals. Prince Jacko will run in race 7 on the program at 4:10pm, the TAB Federal Benchmark 70 over 1280m. Prince Jacko has two wins and a second from his last three runs all in TAB Federal races on the Acton Track. Should Prince Jacko win he will win the award for his owners. His owners will be chasing rare back to win wins in the title with different horses. Tougherthantherest was Canberra Horse of the Year in 2018 and Prince Jacko is owned in similar interests.

Farthing Wood will be looking to put the pressure on Prince Jacko in race 1 on the program, the Your Event Solution Benchmark 65 over 1080m. Should Farthing Wood be successful, Trevor Mcllrick’s 3yo filly will hit the front, thereby requiring Prince Jacko to win the TAB Federal to run her down.

Other chances in Horse of the Year honours go to Nick OIive’s Luga Lad and Joe Ible’s Ons Vier who like Prince Jacko will be looking to win the TAB Federal to give themselves a shot at the title.
All four horse in contention for the title are trained on the track at Canberra highlighting the strength of the training base of Thoroughbred Park.

In the other premierships Nick Olive has an unassailable lead in the Trainers Premiership five wins clear of his nearest rival Matthew Dale. This will be Nick’s 8th time he will win the Canberra Trainers Premiership.


Similarly in the Apprentice Jockeys Premiership, despite not riding at the meeting Billy Owen is highly likely to win the title as he enters the final day five wins clear of his nearest rival Blaike McDougall who has seven rides on the program. In the overall Jockeys Premiership though Billy has a closer contest on his hands with Kayla Nisbet only two wins behind. Kayla like Blaike has seven rides and with Billy not riding at the meeting, she may be able to overhaul the gap. Billy is aiming to become the first Apprentice Jockey since Peter Wiggins in 1979 / 1980 to win both the overall Canberra Jockeys Premiership and the Apprentice Premiership in the same season which would be a remarkable achievement.


The first race on Friday at the Your Event Solution Race Day at Thoroughbred Park on the Acton Track jumps at 12:30pm and the last of eight at 4.50pm.


For more information please contact Mr Andrew Clark, Canberra Racing Club Chief Executive Officer,