Brendan Ward Surges In Canberra Jockey Premiership

 Brendan Ward has jumped to a clear lead in the ACT Jockey Premiership five months into the racing season.

Ward — who has won multiple premierships — has recorded 12 wins from 57 rides for the strike rate of 21.1%.

NSW-based Jeff Penza and Jay Ford have 8 wins and Richard Bensley, Mathew Cahill and Kayla Nisbet follow with 7 wins apiece.  

In 2014-15 Richard Bensley was the leading hoop with 28 wins — a strike rate 21.01% — from Ford (27), Penza (17) and Ward (14).

Got The Goss Primed for Rosehill — Trevor McIlrick

 Got The Goss has never worked better and Canberra trainer Trevor McIlrick is confident he’ll run a mighty race in the BM89 (Race 8) at Rosehill on Saturday.

McIlrick says Got The Goss had to do too much when he placed at Rosehill two weeks ago.

“With those sorts of weights you can’t go around them in that class and if he’d come through the middle he may well have won,” he says.

“He is very well and his work on Tuesday was probably the best he has ever done,” McIlrick says.

Come racing on Tuesday 29 December

Tuesday 29 December will be a great day of racing and family fun when Thoroughbred Park put on their annual Family Race Day. 

A jumping castle, face painting and live music will amuse the kids while the adults will turn their hand at Canberra’s biggest Punters club competition to be held on the day with great prizes.  First prize to the leading point scorer is a $1000 TAB voucher.

Canberra Tuesday — Country Racing At Its Best

 Canberra racegoers are in for a cracker of a day on Tuesday 29 December.

The local Christmas race meeting has attracted very strong fields as well as the high-flying Sydney hoop Brenton Avdulla.

Avdulla has taken 7 rides on the big eight race program. He’s currently the leading NSW jockey with 56 wins this season.

It is another Capital Cash meeting with the feature race being the $27,000 Alan Rummery Bookmaker Benchmark 65 over 1200 metres (Race six).

Jockey Richard Bensley — Taking Success In His Stride

 The last 12 months has seen Canberra jockey Richard Bensley reach new highs and that success is likely to roll onto Wagga on Thursday.   

Always a highly competent jockey, Bensley tended to fly under the radar until a fortuitous call from Albury trainer Brett Cavanough.

“In the last 12 months I couldn’t have imagined things panning out as well as they have,” Bensley says.  

“Brett rang me in early March in the lead up to the Black Opal preview meeting. 

John Scorse Best Bets for 29th December 2015


** Updated with final scratchings


Race 1: 6 - 4 - 7 - 1

• 6 Snipps Parade, Very impressive winning two trials recently in fast time, very hard to beat on debut

• 4 Prince Jacko, Big effort on debut over 1200m, will be better for the experience, dropping back to the 1000m a query, but Senior jockey goes on

• 7 Gift of Choice, She showed good speed and fought on well at Goulburn first up, will be improved

You’ve Got The Goss

 Got The Goss is in in great order as he seeks back to back metropolitan wins at Rosehill tomorrow.

Canberra trainer Trevor McIlrick says Got The Goss is “… very, very well. He pulled up a treat off his Rosehill win three weeks ago and after the race you’d hardly know he’d been around”.

McIlrick says the Eavesdropper gelding always shows marked improvement between his first and second runs.

Single Gaze Gold Coast Bound For Trainer Nick Olive

 Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze remains on track for the 3yo Magic Millions following her unplaced run at Randwick on Saturday.

Olive says the race was not run to suit Single Gaze and he is “very happy with her”.  

“She will head to the Gold Coast on Thursday and race there on Boxing Day, and will then go into the Magic Millions on 9 January,” he says.

Olive says the Not A Single Doubt filly wintered in Queenslandafter a demanding campaign and she “grew and absolutely thrived”.

Costigan Charity Race Day - this Sunday

This Sunday the Canberra Racing Club will play host to Christmas functions for over 500 people at their Charity Race Day.   

Traditionally, race days at this time of year are promoted as end of year Christmas Parties for local businesses.  This year the Club has partnered with the Tara Costigan Foundation to raise much needed funds for the organisation to employ full time staff who will provide counselling services to those affected by domestic violence.

Dale Leads Canberra's Villiers Day Assault

There was a time when Canberra-trained thoroughbreds racing in Sydney were an exception rather than the rule. But it seems so more.

The TAB HighwayHandicap innovation has of course created opportunities local gallopers to compete among equals in the big smoke and Matt Dale has now won three of these $40,000 contests.

But Canberra runners are also bobbing up regularly across others races on city cards and that is no better demonstrated than at Royal Randwick this coming weekend on Villiers Stakes Day.

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