Trainer Luke Pepper Says Appoint Percy Tip Top For Provincial Championships Qualifier

The Luke Pepper-trained Appoint Percy will fly the Canberra flag in tomorrow’s Provincial Championships Qualifier at Newcastle.

Appoint Percy had a FU hit-out at Wagga and then ran a creditable fourth in the Qualifier at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day.

“It was the heaviest track I have ever seen”, Pepper says. “He’d come off a long layoff and I couldn’t have him any better order for Newcastle.

“Tommy Berry was impressed with the Rosehill run and asked to stick with him and the horse will appreciate a better surface.”

Canberra Gallopers — BMW Day, Rosehill

Canberra will be represented by some if it leading gallopers on BMW Day at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday.

Nick Olive has nominated his Group 1 winning Single Gaze for the 2017 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) Group 3, where she will appreciate the rise in distance.

The Vinery winner has warmed up with runs over unsuitable trips and is expected to be nearing peak for the longer assignment.

Memorial Service for Riharna

A memorial service for Riharna Thomson will be held on Thursday 16 March at the Gold Creek Chapel, 17 O’Hanlon Pl Nicholls at 11:30am

Riharna was fatally injured in a Canberra trackwork accident on 28 February.

Riharna’s funeral was held in Tamworth on Friday, where more than 150 family, friends and colleagues in the racing industry gathered to pay their last respects.

Canberra Racing This Saturday — A Good Day Out

“A Good Day Out” is the theme for this Saturday’s Canberra race meeting — the only Saturday meeting held by the Canberra Racing Club.

The race day coincides with the Australian Turf Club’s Golden Slipper Day, where Black Opal Stakes winner Trapeze Artist will contend for Slipper honours.

Should he win, it will be the first time a horse has won the Black Opal-Slipper double since Catbird in 1999 — and will add further prestige to the Canberra Group 3 feature.

Saturday’s meeting is the 5th Marymead charity race day.

Fell Swoop To Race In Saturday’s Galaxy

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will take his place in Saturday’s 2017 Galaxy (1100m) Group 1 at Rosehill.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop is fully recovered from the heel injury he received when knuckling out of the barrier in the Oakleigh Plate.

“We are very happy with him and a wet track won’t hurt,” Dale reported from the Canberra track this morning (Tuesday).

Dale has been tossing up between the Galaxy and the William Reid at Moonee Valley the following week — and the Galaxy choice indicates the Not A Single Doubt gelding will be presented at best.

2017 Black Opal Stakes: Trapeze Artist Causes Upset

<p>The application of blinkers sparked Trapeze Artist to a career best display in the 2017 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra on Sunday. &nbsp; The Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist flew under the radar heading into the Black Opal Stakes with stablemate and favourite Chauffeur attracting the most attention. &nbsp; What ensued was a clinical win for the lesser fancied stable runner with Ryan putting Trapeze Artist’s sharp improvement down to the application of blinkers. &nbsp; “He’s always had the talent,” Ryan said.

2017 Canberra Cup: Dark Eyes Too Strong

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Dark Eyes has won a hard fought Canberra Cup, holding out a strong challenge from Melbourne visitor Cool Chap.
 
Dark Eyes was sent around favourite and travelled nicely in behind the leaders in what was a strongly contested Canberra Cup.
 
After settling back in the field for Brenton Avdulla, Cool Chap was on the move before the corner and on straightening looked to be travelling best to the outside of Dark Eyes and Red Excitement who was under pressure to hold his spot. 
 

2017 Canberra Guineas: Eusebio Confirms Promise

Emerging three-year-old Eusebio confirmed his promise when proving a class above in the Listed Canberra Guineas on Sunday.
 
While stepping up sharply in grade, Eusebio was sent out the market elect and proceeded to upstage the Team Snowden trained Eusebio and his well-performed stablemate Bryneich.
 
Continuing a fantastic weekend for jockey Tommy Berry, Eusebio didn’t have the clearest passage in the straight, but once clear he really displayed a sharp turn of foot.
 
“When he made a commitment to go, he let him rip,” Trainer John O’Shea said.

2016-17 ACT Jockey and Trainers Premierships — Tight Contests

With less than five months to go in the 2016-17 racing season, Matt Cahill leads Brendan Ward by two wins in the ACT jockey premiership.

Cahill (14) and Ward (12) just head apprentice Brock Ryan (10) with a three win gap to the next contenders.

Ryan has steadily improved his standing and is striking at 19% in the capital and has been a punters pal securing followers a 100% profit on turnover.

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