Layt Ponders Move To Canberra

 It’s on the cards that long time Queanbeyan trainer Neville Layt will move stables from Queanbeyan to Canberra.

Layt says he’ll make a final decision around November.

“The people who have brought my Queanbeyan stable are going away for a couple of months and I am just going to keep an eye on the place and continue training out of here until they get back and then I will decide what I am going to do,” Layt says.

Hong Kong Jockey travels to Canberra

Hong Kong apprentice Jockey Jacky Wong has travelled to Australia after a stint in New Zealand and has been engaged for three rides at Canberra on Friday.

Wong believes the overseas experience in New Zealand was a benefit to him becoming a better strategic rider equipped him well for a return to Hong Kong. “During two and a half year stays in New Zealand, I registered 36 wins from 443 rides. This priceless experience helps me to start my riding career in Hong Kong,” he said.

Work Ready To Begin On Canberra’s New Synthetic Racetrack

 The mixing plant has arrived on site for Canberra’s new synthetic racetrack.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the wax and fibres — which have been shipped from Germany — are arriving daily from Port Botany.

“We will start mixing the materials from next Monday,” Stubbs says.

“The existing Acton surface will be closed for trackwork from Saturday the 6th of August and on that day we will start removing the existing surface.

Single Gaze Continues To Impress Trainer Nick Olive

 Group 1 filly Single Gaze’s work continues to impress Canberra trainer Nick Olive and she remains on track for a big Melbourne spring campaign.

Olive says Single Gaze looks to have taken no harm from her nasty fall in the Australian Oaks.

“She’s going fabulous; gives us a really good feel; she’s sound and thriving,” Olive says.

“She’s come on, improved and is feeling stronger.”

Dale and Ward Set To Win Canberra Premierships

With just one meeting remaining in the 2015-2016 racing season, Matt Dale and Brendan Ward have unassailable leads in the Canberra trainer and jockey premierships.

Dale sits on 27 wins from 88 starters — a strike rate of 30.7% and prize money totalling $402,750. 

He is 11 wins clear of Keith Dryden whose 111 starters have yielded a strike rate of 14.4% and prize money totalling $270,150.

Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones and Nick Olive follow with 13 and 10 wins respectively.  

Richard Bensley Returns To The Saddle Friday

 Popular jockey Richard Bensley returns to the saddle on Friday having recovered from a Canberra race-fall that left him with 10 broken ribs and a fractured pelvis.

Bensley spent six weeks in hospital and has been riding work for a month building strength and fitness.

He is booked for 3 horses at the Canberra meeting.

In Race 1 Bensley links with trainer Gratz Vella aboard Paris Carver, and sticks with the stable in Race 2 aboard the speedy McLennan.  

He then gets a breather and returns in the final event aboard Oakwood Lady for Scott Singleton.

Friday race meeting 15 June 2016

Canberra trainers will be out in force this Friday for mid-Winter racing on the course proper and the first meeting held for the new financial year.  The Club has increased prize money to $18,000 per race for all 8 races.  This is an increase of $14,000 in prize money for the meeting.  On alternate meetings this financial year the prize money on offer will be $20,000 per race.

Keith Dryden-Scott Collings Form Training Partnership

 Keith Dryden and Scott Collings will train horses in partnership next racing season out of stables in Canberra and Goulburn.

Canberra-based Dryden says the joining makes good sense given the business and travel demands required these days for a successful training business.

“I’m 70 now, and there’s a lot more work involved for trainers these days; a lot more race meetings; and you just can’t keep travelling all the time,” Dryden says.

2016 Cox Plate ‘Dream Option’ for Single Gaze

 Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze is back in work with major spring races in prospect including the Cox Plate.

At her most recent run, Single Gaze crashed to the Turf in the Australian Oaks; a fall that left jockey Kathy O’Hara badly injured and Single Gaze with bruising and a pulled stomach muscle. 

Just two weeks before, the mare had provided Olive with his first Group 1 success when she saluted in the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.

Schweppes Race Day

The Canberra Racing Club will this Friday conduct the annual Schweppes Race Day which is the last meeting of the financial year for the Club.  Schweppes representatives will host their race day function in the Rich Reward Room.

There are two more race meetings remaining in the Premiership season and currently Brendan Ward is a clear leader on 21 wins in the jockeys premiership and Matt Dale with a strong lead in the trainers’ premiership on 23 wins ahead of Keith Dryden’s 16. 

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