Keith Dryden looking to add to score

Keith Dryden looks primed to extend his lead in the Canberra Racing Club premierships with some fancy starters on the synthetic track on Friday.

With a ten win lead from Nick Olive, additional points could be added by the afternoon. 

In the Benchmark 62 Bull Bailey is looking for his third win in a row and Like A Shot, looking for his second win in a row will start in the Benchmark 65 Handicap. 

The first race is 11:45am.


Canberra to host the Melbourne Cup tour

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that Canberra will join racing history when it plays host to the iconic 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup in 2018.

Canberra was revealed as a Tour destination at a special event in Richmond, Melbourne, joining 36 other cities and towns across the globe that will be part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. 

Canberra Racing Club Business and Marketing Manager Briony Young said being part of the Tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Big Leaders — ACT Jockey/Trainer Premierships

With less than two months of the 2017-2018 racing season remaining, there’s clear-cut contenders for the ACT Jockey and Trainer premierships.

Mathew Cahill holds a six win lead over Richard Bensley in the jockey division striking at 22% on Canberra tracks.

Bensley is benefiting from choice rides with the Nick Olive stable and this season looks his best chance to take out the title.   

John Scorse' tips for Friday 25 May 2018

Race 1

1 3 2 4

1 – Jewel of the Clan Super impressive on debut.  Very speedy and hard to run down here.
3 – Reason to Smile – Placed both runs to date.  And solid effort in closing at Qbn.  Extra trip suits.
2 – Black Magnum – Both city trials have been on heavy tracks.  Watch market.
4 – Onsettling Down – Place chance.


Race 2

Owen returns to professional riding

The hottest hoop on the NSW picnic circuit is back riding with the professionals.

Canberra’s Billy Owen is better known more recently as the travelling foreman for Nick Olive, where he was tasked with trackwork for, and the care and attention of, recently retired Group 1 winner Single Gaze.

When he mounted High Tail It in the first race at Young on May 19, it had been six years since Owen had competed away from amateur ranks.

Owen (26) has always had a rap and this season at the picnics was riding at a strike rate of 60% and a profit on turnover of 45%.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs Retirement Announced

The Canberra Racing Club has announced the pending retirement of its longstanding CEO Peter Stubbs.

Stubbs will bow out on 16 October 2018, which coincides with the Club’s Annual General Meeting.

Stubbs has served in racing administration for thirty years and has been Canberra CEO for the last 12 years.

Canberra Racing Club Chairman Paul Meiklejohn said Stubbs was a fine administrator and that his leadership and professionalism would be greatly missed.

Belle Ready To Sizzle at Doomben

Belle Ready Canberra filly Sizzling Belle is in “terrific order” heading into tomorrow’s Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic at Doomben.

Trainer Nick Olive says Sizzling Belle has settled in well at the Gold Coast and appears is as good as ever; both in condition and under saddle.

“She has to do it out of a Golden Slipper campaign, but she’s in great order and we are expecting a big run tomorrow,” he says.

Olive says he’s not fazed by the prospect of a damp track.

Canberra Celebrates Beau Zam, Bonecrusher And The Queen

Thirty years ago today (Tuesday) Canberra was graced by royalty and witnessed an extraordinary racing occasion.

Queen Elizabeth II was track side in the capital to attend the one-off running of the Queen Elizabeth II Bicentennial Stakes and to open a new grandstand named in her honour.

The Queen was principally in Australia for the bicentennial celebrations and to open new Parliament House.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke was instrumental in organising the race meeting in her honour and accompanied the Queen.