Damien Oliver To Ride Fell Swoop In Victory Stakes

 Leading Melbourne hoop Damien Oliver has been booked to ride Canberra’s Fell Swoop when he makes his Queensland debut.

Oliver will reunite with Fell Swoop in the Group 2 Victory Stakes to be run at Doomben on April 30.

Oliver has ridden the Matthew Dale-trained gelding twice for wins in Melbourne in the Chandler McLeod Stakes and in the Testa Rossa Stakes last spring.

Fell Swoop has been ridden by different jockeys in each of his three runs this campaign, beginning with Glyn Schofield when a close second in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate.

Success Leads To Horse Training Rise In Canberra

 There has been a surge in the number of race horses being trained in Canberra.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the recent success of Single Gaze and Fell Swoop in recent Group 1’s has put the spotlight on the positives of Canberra as a quality training centre.

Stubbs says the Matt Dale stable continues to grow and he expects the same to apply with Nick Olive.

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 Race 1: 5 - 1 - 4 - 3

• 5 Mixed Blossom, Scored dominant all the way win first up, will lead for a long way with 2kg less, second up always a query

• 1 Thelittleracketeer, Lightly raced mare who has showed good potential, goes well fresh, must respect from the leading yard

• 4 Man of Peace, Has shown good ability and coming off a freshen up, suited in the small field

• 3 Ribands, Next Best


Race 2: 4 - 5 - 1 - 8

Brendan Ward and Matt Dale Head Canberra Premierships

With four months of the racing season remaining, five riders are in a position to take out the 2015— 2106 Canberra Jockey Premiership.

In a hotly contested race, Brendon Ward has his nose in front with 13 winners, followed by Jay Ford (12), Jeff Penza (11) and Matt Cahill and Kayla Nisbet (10 each).

Richard Bensley still holds down sixth on the premiership list, but is out of action recovering from a serious race fall, while next in line Josh Cartwright, has returned to South Australia.

Single Gaze In Order For Australian Oaks

 Wet or dry Single Gaze will take her place in Saturday’s James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks at Randwick.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze came through her 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes win on 26 March “in great order”.

Olive says Single Gaze has a great constitution and believes the step-up from 2000m will not be a problem for the Not A Single Doubt filly — but he concedes a wet track would be a bit of an unknown.

Fell Swoop falls one short in the TJ Smith

Fell Swoop continues his stellar form and trainer Matt Dale has revealed he will re-assess plans with his stable star following an impressive performance for second in Saturday’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick beaten only by a memorable performance from standout sprinter Chautauqua.

Fell Swoop has been a standout for Canberra-based Dale through his entire racing career so far and has posted an impressive eight wins and three minors in only thirteen competitive appearances.

The Country Championships Final — Paul Jones Says Bank On Henry

 Back On Henry has to overcome a horror gate, but co-trainer Paul Jones believes the Canberra gelding is over-the-odds in tomorrow’s The Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick.

Bank On Henry has been freshened following his second placing to Lofty’s Menu in the Goulburn The Country Championships Qualifier on 20 February.

Jones says he has never had the son of HenryTheNavigator looking so good.

“He had his main gallop last Saturday and I was excited by it,” Jones says. “It was a strong, sterling effort.

Fell Swoop Sharper For 2016 Darley TJ Smith Stakes

 Canberra trainer Matt Dale is under no illusion about the task facing Fell Swoop in Saturday’s 2016 Darley TJ Smith Stakes, but is “happy to roll the dice”.

Dale says everything is in order with Fell Swoop who will meet the nation’s top sprinters.

“We are going up from a handicap Group 1 to a weight-for age Group 1 in the TJ Smith and we know how big-a-step that is,” Dale says.

Congratulations Single Gaze and Nick Olive

After an 18 year hiatus in Group 1 victories for Canberra trainers, Single Gaze has broken the drought and delivered Nick Olive and his team a maiden win at Group 1 level in the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 26 March.

Single Gaze took out the Group 3 Keith Nolan Classic (1600m) at Kembla Grange last start, but there was little betting interest in the Not A Single Doubt filly and the consensus opinion was that she would struggle to run out a strong 2000 metres.

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