Single Gaze Seeks Doomben Double

Despite having to carry top weight, Canberra trainer Nick Olive had no hesitation backing up Single Gaze in Saturday’s 2017 Brisbane Cup Group 2 at Doomben.

Single Gaze took out the 2017 Group 2 O’Shea Stakes a week ago and Olive says the mare “pulled up as if she’d just finished a track gallop”.

“She’s thrived since the O’Shea and is going too well to put out.”

Olive says whatever the outcome on Saturday Single Gaze will be given a short spell and be aimed at the Spring features in Melbourne.

Overdane overdue for a win on synthetic in Australia

Synthetic track specialist Overdane, trained by the Joseph & Jones Racing team was welcomed late last year as an overseas import from Hong Kong.  The gelding has won HK $3.7M ($572,000 AUS) on synthetic tracks overseas and was brought to Canberra to take advantage of the Acton track.

With Canberra holding its second race on the synthetic surface tomorrow, again have the opportunity to perform on a synthetic track on Australian soil.

Nominations Point To Another Bumper Meeting On Canberra’s New Synthetic track.

The contenders for the ACT Trainers Premiership have nominated strong teams for Friday’s Canberra meeting on the new Acton synthetic track.

Nick Olive and the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership have each trained twenty winner this season with Matt Dale still in touch with 13.

Dryden-Collings have a strong hand in the BM 65 with both Atlantic Sentinel and Crusader General nominated; with the former looking particularly well-placed.

Hat-trick of Highways

Matt Dale will start Autumn in the TAB Highway at Rosehill on Saturday, and with luck may win his third Highway Handicap in a row.  Autumn, who won first up impressively at Canberra has drawn an awkward barrier, but Dale says she should be competitive. She is looking for more distance, although winning previously over 1200m, the additional 200 metres should suit her.

Canberra Horses invade Doomben

New Synthetic Race Surface Delivers For Canberra Racing

Jockeys and trainers are unanimous in their praise for Canberra’s new Acton synthetic racing surface.

The track was raced on for the first time at Friday’s meeting and Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the feedback was “outstanding”.

It brought a sigh of relief for the club board and management after taking the decision to develop the track ‘in-house’ using wax and fibres imported from Germany and establishing the mixing plant and track laying maintenance machinery on-site.

Racing Returns to Acton Track today

Today racing returns to the Acton track for the first time since 2013. 

The synthetic surface was replaced in October 2016 and racing will continue on the synthetic surface from late May to early September each year.

The Acton Track is a benefit to racing in Winter for a variety of reasons.  It provides an even surface at a better track rating than what can be expected on turf tracks through the Winter months. Racing on the Acton track also allows time for the turf course proper to be renovated in readiness for Spring racing.

Norm Gardner Looking To Boost Impressive Season Record

Canberra trainer Norm Gardner continues to enjoy his best ever season with 16 winners already posted at a strike rate of 21%.

And he’s been the punters pal returning a profit on turnover of 100%.

Gardner lines up three runners at Friday’s meeting on the new Acton surface at Canberra.

Upper House and Caccini debut in the Open 2 and Law Of The Land resumes in the BM65.

Caccini comes off a Canberra trial win and Gardner says she’s a nice filly who will make a better three year old. “She’s still a bit new but I give her a good each-way chance,” he says.

Brad Widdup Expected To Make Training Debut Canberra Friday

Brad Widdup will have his first runner as a trainer in his own right if Junglized lines up in Friday’s Multi-Story Demolition 2YO Handicap at Canberra.

Widdup was recently appointed head-trainer for Damion Flower’s Hawkesbury’s Platinum Park operation for Jadeskye Racing.

The highly-regarded Widdup spent almost 10 years with Darley-Godolphin

Widdup and has some 20 horses currently in work at Platinum Park and is looking to build those numbers.

Fell Swoop Spelled For Two Weeks — Minor Issue

Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop is having two weeks in the spelling paddock after experiencing a slight ligament issue in the Doomben 10,000.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop was fine coming off the track and the problem was only detected the next day when he’d cooled down.

“It’s very minor, but it was a no brainer to spell him in Queensland for two weeks before commencing his preparation for the Everest,” Dale said.

“He was four or five wide and Doomben which made it impossible for him, but it was most unlike him not to put in at the finish.  

Premiership Contenders Dominate Canberra Meeting

The Canberra cream rose to the top at yesterday’s meeting in the Capital with leading local trainers and jockeys to the fore.

The ACT trainers premiership is again proving to be a ding dong affair with the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings stable bouncing back to equal first with two winners on the day — Tougherthantherest in Race 2 and Rock Prodigy in Race 6.

The Nick Olive yard also recorded a win with Murrimaid in the opening event and it also went close in another two.

Matt Dale scored with the impressive Autumn in Race 3.

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