John Singleton To Keynote At Pre-Black Opal Autumn Luncheon

The build-up continues for the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes Day — Canberra’s premier race meeting.   The Canberra Racing Club has announced that businessman and race horse owner and breeder John Singleton will be the keynote speaker at the Thoroughbred Club of Australia Annual Autumn Luncheon to be held at Thoroughbred Park on 3 March 2017.  



The Canberra Racing Club have announced their partnership today with the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines.

For the next three years Canberra’s only international airline will become the naming rights sponsor of the Camarena Quality Handicap over 1000m held on Canberra’s biggest race day, the Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes, Sunday 5 March.

John Singleton A.O. to headline Autumn Luncheon

John Singleton, business man and racing fantatic has been announced as the keynote speaker at The Thoroughbred Club of Australia (Canberra Branch) Annual Autumn Luncheon to be held on 3 March in Canberra. Previously Alan Jones was announced as special guest however has had to withdraw due to medical reasons.

Now in its third year, the event has quickly grown to become a highlight of racing’s social calendar, with previous events all selling out, attracting the likes of Gai Waterhouse and Gerry Harvey as speakers.

Single Gaze And Fell Swoop Trial Canberra Friday

Canberra's two best gallopers will line up against each other in Friday's 900m Open trial at Canberra.

Group 1 winning Canberra mare Single Gaze and high-class sprinter Fell Swoop are both preparing for Autumn campaigns. 

Trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze’s autumn programme will be finalised following the test.

Single Gaze had her first trial 11 days ago at Canberra and impressed with race-rider Kathy O’Hara in the saddle.

Canberra Cup Target For Murraguldrie

Capricorn Park- trained Murraguldrie remains Canberra Cup bound following his big win in Friday’s $50,000 Bathurst Cup (1800m). 

Murraguldrie ($3) was last on turning and powered down the outside to beat equal favourite Red Dubai and Uncle Sugar. 


It was Murraguldrie’s second win this preparation having saluted on 28 December in a BM67 at Warwick Farm   


Trainer Rob Potter has always had an opinion of the Zariz gelding but has had to nurse him through a number of leg injuries. 


Single Gaze 'Awesome' In Canberra Trial

A decision will be made shortly on the autumn programme for Group 1 winning Canberra mare Single Gaze.

Single Gaze confirmed she was back in career-best order with a dominant win in Friday’s Open trial at Thoroughbred Park.

Allowed to settle early, Single Gaze worked around them and cruised to the line untouched.

Trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze has never trialled better; a sentiment echoed by jockey Kathy O’Hara who came from Sydney to ride.

Black Opal Countdown

The countdown is well and truly on for Canberra’s premier race — the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes on Sunday 5 March 2017.

There are four feature races on ‘Super Sunday’ with almost $900,000 in prize money offered across the eight race program.

Prize money for the Group 3 Black Opal has been lifted to $300,000 making it an even more attractive target for youngsters looking to qualify for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes for 2yos — to be held two weeks later.

Magic Millions Quartet For Canberra

 At least four Magic Million yearlings will be making their way to Canberra.

The 2017 Magic Millions Sales conclude today Tuesday) at the Gold Coast with 55 further lots up for sale in the Book 3 Catalogue.

Leading Canberra trainers, Nick Olive and Matt Dale, both purchased two horses from the Book 1 and 2 Catalogues.

Olive paid $150,000 for a colt by Yarraman Park sire Hinchinbrook out of a Strategic mare. He was one of 28 Hinchinbrook’s sold from Books 1 and 2.

Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner — The Highwayman

Canberra trainer Norm Gardner continues to rack-up the winners

The boutique Canberra yard is striking at nearly 30% in the 2016-17 racing season with 12 winners from 41 runners — and delivering stable followers with a 175% profit on turnover!

Gardner only has 10-12 horses in work at any one time and enjoyed his best-ever season in 2011-12 with 16 winners.

With more than six months until the new season he is well on track to exceed that figure.  

Olive Takes Training Honours

The Nick Olive stable continues its charge up the ACT Trainer Premiership table with two winners on Friday’s Canberra seven race program.

Olive saluted with Alba Go Brath ($7) and Her Name Is Rio ($8) and with 11 Canberra wins for the season is now only one success adrift of the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings combo.  

Dryden-Collings also delivered a win at the meeting when the favourite And There Is More saluted.

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