Memorial Cup to Enhance Students Race Day

 The Memorial Cup raced annually in honour of the memory of respected Canberra race-caller Tony Campbell is to be re-scheduled.

The race will be moved from the autumn to the spring and will be programmed on the popular Students Race Day on 7 October 2016.

The prize money for the race will rise from $30,00 to $35,000.

Canberra Racing Club Chairman, Dr. Chris Ward says the club’s vision is to create a vibrant spring race meeting with strong corporate and public support.

Canberra Racing Prize Money Boost — Including Black Opal Stakes

 Prize money for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes will be increased from $275,000 to $300,000.

Canberra Racing Club Chairman, Dr. Chris Ward says the increase is to ensure the status and significance of Canberra’s signature race is maintained.

And he says the overall prize money on Black Opal Stakes day will increase to $898,000 — up from $847,000.

Dr. Ward has also announced other prize money increases and some rescheduling of races for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Just A Blur All Set For Scone Classic

 Just A Blur will fly the Canberra flag in Saturday’s $200,000 Godolphin Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone.

Just A Blur will be backing up off her impressive win in the Wagga Town Plate.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says the brief time between runs will be no problem for the tough Canberra mare.

He points to her Goulburn Cup win on a 9-day back up following her victory in the Snake Gully Cup at Gundagai.

The Dark Jewel Classic looks a winnable race for Just A Blur who put away the well-performed Sure And Fast at Wagga coming from the back.

Canberra’s Just A Blur Wins 2016 Wagga Town Plate

 Canberra mare Just A Blur has won the Wagga Town Plate, delivering on a cool ride by leading country jockey Mathew Cahill.

Just A Blur came from near last to sweep home and grab the $100,000 race by a half neck from the Paul Murray-trained Sure And Fast.

Just A Blur gave trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones their second win on the day -- the first of the two-meeting Wagga carnival.

It was Cahill’s second Town Plate win after his 2006 victory on Little Shrek and also ended a 25-year drought for Barbara Joseph who trained the 1991 winner Merimbula Bay.

Pepper Looking To Give Wagga A Shake

 Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper is having his best-ever season and will have a strong hand at the Wagga Cup carnival which kicks off on Thursday.

Pepper will line up Hill Spy in the $100,000 Wagga Town Plate with leading Sydney hoop Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.

Hill Spy comes off a close-up fifth to Daytona Grey in the Listed Manihi Classic (1100m) at Morphettville coming from last at the turn.

The ex Victorian was very well-performed as a youngster and has now had eight starts for Pepper for two wins and three seconds.

Group 1 Double Looms For Fell Swoop

 A Group 1 double is now in the sights of crack Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop following his win in Saturday’s Group 2 Victory Stakes at Doomben.

Trainer Matt Dale says the BTC Cup on 14 May at Doomben and the Doomben 10,000 on 28 May are Fell Swoop’s immediate targets.

A decision will then be taken whether he contests the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap on 11 June on the new Eagle Farm surface.

Atom Eve Ready For Hawkesbury TAB Highway Plate

Canberra-trained gallopers have a strong hand in Saturday’s TAB Highway Plate at Hawkesbury.

In contrast to the large fields that feature in most Highway races, just eight runners have accepted for Saturday’s 1100m contest.

Canberra-trained Atom Eve is currently the market favourite with TAB fixed odds at $1.90.

Trainer Norm Gardner says he couldn’t be happier with Atom Eve. He says she has come back extra well.

Fell Swoop Hot Favourite For Saturday’s 2016 Victory Stakes

Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop has been posted hot favourite for Saturday’s 2016 Victory Stakes Group 2 at Doomben.

The Matt Dale-trained gelding is currently $1.70 on TAB fixed odds for the $200,000 feature sprint to be run over 1200m.

Jay Ford, who has been a top striker in Canberra with the Dale stable, will have his first ride on Fell Swoop following the suspension of Damien Oliver.

Single Gaze Induction

The Group 1 winning filly Single Gaze trained locally by Nick Olive will be inducted into the Wall of Fame at tomorrow’s race day at Thoroughbred Park.

The owners along with jockey Kathy O’Hara will attend the meeting at a luncheon and the induction will be made by Chairman Dr Chris Ward at 1:20pm in the Mounting Yard.

Single Gaze was triumphant in her first Group 1 win in the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in March taking her earnings to over $1 million.

Single Gaze Cleared For Spelling Paddock

 After a round of vet checks at the Nick Olive stable, Vinery Stud Stakes winner Single Gaze has gone to the spelling paddock with the promise of a spring return.

Canberra trainer Olive says Single Gaze suffered bruising, as well as a pulled muscle in her stomach which will take a few months to come right.

Single Gaze crashed to the turf during the running of the ATC Australian Oaks.

The incident saw jockey Kathy O’Hara hospitalised and she will be out of the saddle for at least four months.  

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