Hippopus Leads Throughout In Canberra Cup

Tim Clark’s winning day at Canberra has continued with Hippopus making all in the Listed Canberra Cup.

Little more than an hour after winning aboard pick up ride Cosmic Cube in the Listed National Sprint, Clark was again celebrating a stakes success as he led throughout aboard Hippopus in the Canberra Cup.

As near even money favourite Arab Dawn incurred major interference in the straight, Hippopus won over the closing duo of Off The Rails and Centre Pivot.

Italy Delivers First Stakes Victory

Godolphin filly Italy had long shown stakes promise and delivered with victory in the Listed XXXX Gold Canberra Guineas on Sunday.

Placed at Group 2 level as a two-year-old, Italy had raced against the top fillies through much of her career but found a race to suit at Thoroughbred Park.

Ridden by Christian Reith, Italy came with a strong run but had to dig deep to see off the previously undefeated Just For Tilda with Bolero King third.

The win came as a relief for the Godolphin team and they will now search for more black type over the Sydney autumn carnival.

Defcon Wins Black Opal Stakes

Defcon has overcome a poor start to produce a swooping victory in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes at Canberra.

Sent out as odds-on favourite, there were nervous moments early as Defcon was slow away from his wide draw.

Jockey Blake Shinn remained calm aboard the son of Choisir as the pair gradually tacked on to the rear of the field and then plotted the widest course of the runners around the home turn.

Widest down the Canberra straight, Defcon let down strongly to record an impressive win over outsider Flash Fibian.

Bring A Secret Puts A Spring In Trainer Nick Olive’s Step

 Canberra trainer Nick Olive remains up-beat that Bring a Secret is back to his best and rates a value chance in Sunday’s $125,000 XXX Gold Canberra Guineas 1400m.

After couple of country ‘kills’ Olive went into the Goulburn Country Championships qualifier 2-weeks ago with a degree of confidence, but Bring A Secret was never a hope when the storms came and the track softened.

“When the rain came it changed everything,” Olive says.

Trainer Matt Dale Previews His Black Opal Stakes Day Chances

Leading Canberra trainer Matt Dale goes into Sunday’s Mercedes Benz Black Opal meeting with positive expectations about his key runners.

In Race 2 the Canprint Communications BM65 he has the market favourite Hermosa Beach as well as Cries Of Joy — who is on the second line of betting.

“Hermosa Beach has done well since her run in the Country Championship heat,” Dale says.

Wide Gate For Defcon In Black Opal

 Peter and Paul Snowden have a decision to make after Defcon drew a wide gate for Sunday’s Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes at Canberra.

The boom colt has gate 11 in the field of 13 for the Group 3 race for two-year-olds over 1200 metres.

Defcon is also an acceptor for the UNSW Todman Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, where his stablemate Capitalist is also entered.

Defcon has been a boom juvenile since scoring a dominant win in an early season barrier trial in Sydney.

Arab Dawn Heading To Canberra Cup

Last-start Parramatta Cup winner Arab Dawn is heading to the nation’s capital for Sunday’s Listed tab.com.au Canberra Cup.

The Godolphin import drew gate two in a field of 12 for the 2000 metre quality handicap over 2000 metres.

Arab Dawn was a Listed winner at Rosehill at his last outing, just his second Australian start after commencing his career in England where he was a Group 3-placegetter.

The grey carries 57kg at Canberra with James McDonald taking the ride.

Gerry Harvey Keynote At Black Opal Stakes Luncheon

Racing owner and entrepreneur Gerry Harvey is guest speaker at Thursday’s Thoroughbred Club of Australia luncheon in Canberra.

The annual luncheon is held as a prelude to Sunday’s Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes — the Capital’s premier race day.

The luncheon continues to grow in popularity. In 2015 there were 187 attendees who were thoroughly entertained by leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse. And 240 will attend Thursday’s event.

Canberra Trained Gallopers Perform On Big Stage

The rise of Canberra as a training destination was no better illustrated than by the performance of two of its stars in Group competition over the weekend.

Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop was beaten a lip in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield, while Nick Olive’s Single Gaze (also) placed second in the Group 2 Surround Stakes at Randwick.

To cap things off, Luke Pepper’s Appoint Percy duly saluted in the Highway Plate at Randwick as the market anticipated.

Defcon Heads Black Opal Nominations

 Interstate horses dominate nominations for Sunday’s rich Mercedes Benz Black Opal Stakes for 2 year olds at Canberra.

Defcon from the Peter and Paul Snowden yard looks the stand-out nomination.

But other classy types including the David Hayes-Tom Dabernig-trained Lionhearted and unbeaten Queenslander Dieters from the Jason McLachlan yard, are sure to demand attention.

Only two locals feature in the 19 nominations, Keith Dryden’s Balonne and Nick Olive’s Fox Tales.

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