Atom Eve Back In The Winter

Promising Canberra 3yo Atom Eve has gone to the spelling paddock and will return to racing in the winter.

Atom Eve will thereby miss next month’s Mercedes Benz Black Opal meeting in the Capital and the Country Championships.

The I Am Invincible filly impressed winning a recent TAB HighwayHandicap at Randwickand trainer Norm Gardner says she was going to the paddock win or lose.

“She went straight out after Randwick and she will come back to the stable in a month,” Gardner says.

Luke Pepper Debutant Creates Interest At Canberra

 Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper has several nice chances on Friday’s Canberra program, including debutant Iltextya in the first.

The 2yo Snippetson filly comes off a nice Goulburn trial win and Pepper has a very good opinion of her.

“Iltextya is a nice professional filly and we are looking forward to her going around on Friday,” Pepper says.

“She can lead or take a sit and a slow track shouldn’t worry.

Blake Shinn and Tony McEvoy Key Canberra Combo

 Classy Sydney hoop Blake Shinn will ride for Tony McEvoy in Canberra on Friday and they’ll link on a couple of key runners.

Dreadlock in Race 4 looks the pick of them. The Redoute’s Choice gelding was heavily supported across markets to win at Canberra last Friday week, but the race was washed out.

He was then scratched at Kembla Grange on Tuesday and kept for this. 

He did not have the best of it placing last time behind the promising Hermosa Beach at Canberra after a strong Goulburn Maiden win on debut.

Matt Dale Looking To Boost Rosehill Record

 Canberra trainer Matt Dale has an exceptional strike rate at Rosehill and he returns on Saturday with three runners.

Dale will line up former Kiwi mare Kaleidoscope in Race 1 and the progressive Hermosa Beach in Race 2.

In Race 8 he is represented by Karakuchi but he says she probably won’t start if the track deteriorates.

This racing season Dale has had eight runners at Rosehill for five winners — a strike rate of 63%.

Further, if you had backed all of them you would have recorded a profit-on-turnover of 461%.

Keeping Nick Olive Safe — Canberra Friday

 It pays to keep the sharp Nick Olive yard very safe when you’re punting at Canberra and he lines up six runners at Friday’s Capital Cash meeting.

In the first race the debutant Fox Tails will fly the stable flag coming off an Albury trial win.

Olive says the 2yo Foxwedge colt is still new but “…everything he does he keeps improving.

“He gives me a nice feel and I am very happy with him going into this race.

Atom Eve to make Sydney debut

 Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Randwick beckons for promising Canberra 3yo Atom Eve.

Atom Eve blitzed a Canberra trial field and then debuted with an Albury Maiden win and followed that with a resounding 4.5L victory in a Canberra CL1. 

The I Am Invincible filly travels to Sydney in the peak of form and trainer Norm Gardner says she is very well.

“I would not take here there unless I was 100% happy with her,” Gardiner says.

Pepper Trio To Shake Moruya Monday

Respected Canberra trainer, Luke Pepper, returns to his old stomping ground of Moruya today and has three live chances at the Cup Day meeting.

The most interesting of these is undoubtedly Hill Spy who lines up in the Town Plate (race 6), having been scratched from a CL3 earlier in the program.

The former Robert Smerdon and Ron Daniel trained galloper would have had lengths on those at best, but Pepper has opted for the tougher race and the better gate.

Pepper says Hill Spy will be improved off his two runs for the yard.

Joseph-Jones Eye Autumn Targets

 The Barbara Joseph - Paul Jones training partnership have enjoyed strong recent success and autumn targets now beckon for its better performed gallopers.

Jones says Goulburn Cup winner Just A Blur has gone to the paddock for three weeks.

“She is being freshened with the aim of racing first-up in the $125,000 Canberra National Sprint on Mercedes-Benz Black Opal Day

“We were not too disappointed with her unplaced run in the Gosford Belle Of The Turf the other day.

Keith Dryden Previews His Canberra Runners

 Canberra trainer Keith Dryden is getting plenty of winners at home and has accepted with eight runners for Friday’s meeting (8 January).

Dryden is currently second on in the Canberra Trainers Premiership with 10 winners at a strike-rate of 21.3% and always needs to be kept safe.  

Leading hoop Brendan Ward is down to ride five of the Dryden gallopers.

In Race 1 Dryden is represented by Prince Jacko (Ward) and Capital Tycoon and while he says Prince Jacko could ultimately be the best horse he has in on-the-day, he is a work in progress.

John Scorse Best Bets for 8th January 2016

**Updated with final scratchings

Race 1: 5 - 9 - 13 - 6

• 5 Balycastle Pegasus, Both trials good, before solid effort on debut behind the smart Kingmandu after wide run, will improve and hard to beat

• 9 Prince Jacko, Has been back and finished off strongly at only two starts, better drawn today

• 13 Shock Me, Both runs last preparation on wet tracks has trialled well for first up run

• 6 D’beak, Well bred and has trialled well for debut, outside barrier a worry

Race 2: 2 - 3 - 10 - 6

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