Increased Prize Money Package For Canberra Racing

The Canberra Racing Club has announced a three month trial of increased prize money and benefits commencing on the 29 December 2016 meeting.

On and from that date, the minimum prize money for any race will be $20,250, but in addition prize money from 5th to 10th placing will be a minimum $500 — and a starter rebate of $200 will be introduced for horses finishing 11th and further back.

CanBOBS bonuses of $5,000 remain in place for BOBS eligible horses who win a race at Canberra.

Nick Olive To Unveil Well-Bred Debutant at Canberra Friday

Nick Olive has made a flying start in the 2016-17 Canberra Trainers’ Premiership and brings six runners to Friday’s meeting in the capital.

There will be strong interest in the Olive 2yo Magic Millions debutant — Let It Roll — a well-bred colt by Not A Single Doubt from Princess Layla.

He will line up in the Nexis Self Managed Super Funds 2yo Maiden (1000m) and comes off a 1.5L trial third at Randwick.

“He’s a really nice horse. He will probably be better as a 3yo but definitely has a lot of ability.

Cahill and Olive Top Canberra Premierships

Cowra-based hoop Mathew Cahill is having a vintage season and continues to lead the Canberra Jockey Premiership.  

Cahill could only manage two placing at Sunday’s meeting in the Capital but with (8) wins holds out last year’s premiership winner Brendan Ward (7) and Jay Ford (5).  

Ward scored on Moroccan Ruby on Sunday for the Keith Dryden-Scott Collins partnership.

Sunday racing in the Capital

Local female apprentice Carly Frater returns to race riding on Sunday from time off for a fractured pelvis and a wedding.  The hoop, who now rides trackwork for Neil Osborne at Mane Lodge has 3 rides out of the 6 at Canberra with the first race at 2pm. 

Pixie Rose, trained by Nick Olive looks set for a good run in the Antler Benchmark 55 with a win at Canberra already under her belt, and a second last start puts the 6yo mare having a strong preparation this time round.

Fell Swoop Spelling — TJ Smith Stakes Next Target — Matt Dale

 Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop pulled up well from his tough placing in the 2016 Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington and has gone to the paddock.

Canberra trainer Matt Dale says he will now map out a plan for Fell Swoop into the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes Group 1 at Randwick third-up.

“He showed on Saturday that he’s effective up the Flemington straight so that allows us to look at races like the Lightening and the Newmarket into the TJ,” Dale says.

Todd Smart Brings A Stayers Pedigree to Canberra Racing

Former Wagga trainer Todd Smart is now well settled into his Canberra stables and came to the capital with a clear objective — to train a Melbourne Cup winner.

And he has a racing pedigree well-fitted to achieving this ambition.

Gundagai-born Smart (34) began his love affair with horses as a 15-year old helping out locally at Dave Blundell’s stables and then travelled to London for several years and worked as a welder on Wembley stadium with Multiplex.

Former Hong Kong Galloper Wins for Joseph-Jones

 The Joseph-Jones stable hit form at Tuesday’s Canberra meeting recording a win with former Hong Kong galloper Overdane - and later in the day with Magic Scene.

Overdane ($18) was having his third outing for the new yard and lugged 64.5kgs to put away a BM70 field over a mile.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says Overdane didn’t handle the deep track in the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at his previous and his work had picked-up noticeably leading into Tuesday’s race.

Fell Swoop To Go To Darley Classic

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will go to the Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington on Saturday week, trainer Matt Dale has confirmed.

Dale says Fell Swoop has come though his 0.2L defeat in the Manikato Stakes of “really good order” and will go back to Melbourne at peak.

Dale says the gelding has shown that he’s right up to Group 1 standard and believes there is more to come.

Dale says Rocket Commander has also come through her 0.8L Group 3 Mooney Valley near-miss over the mile in excellent order.

Cahill Heads Canberra Jockey Premiership

 Cowra-based jockey Matthew Cahill has got the 2016-17 Racing season off to a flyer and leads the Canberra Jockey Premiership.

Cahill has ridden 7 winners in the capital since 1 August at a strike rate of 26%

Last year’s premiership winner Brendan Ward is hot on Cahill’s heals with 6 winners (20%), followed by Jay Ford 5 and John Kissick 4.

This season Cahill has been striking at 22% which is well-above his all-season average.

And he’s been a punter’s pal returning a 30% profit on turnover (POT).

Gratz Vella Has You’re Kidding Me Peaking For Randwick

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella has You’re Kidding Me at peak for Saturday’s TAB Highway Handicap CL3 (1000m) at Randwick.

You’re Kidding Me resumed with a solid CL3 Highway third at Randwick on the slow with Tommy Berry up — and then placed again on the good in a Hawkesbury BM60 with Kathy O’Hara aboard.

“Third-up You’re Kidding Me always puts his best foot forward third-up,” says Vella. “I was happy with the Hawkesbury run and he’s gone forward since then.”

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