Fell Swoop Spelling For Spring Campaign

 Classy Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will miss the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap following his defeat in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000.

Trainer Matt Dale says Fell Swoop is being spelled in Queensland before returning to Canberra to be prepared for a spring campaign.

Fell Swoop got caught in a speed battle in the Doomben 10,000 and did well to hold on finishing 2.5L behind the winner Music Magnate.

Jockey Zac Purton was one of three hoops questioned by stewards over their race tactics.

Wonderbolt Can Strike At Randwick For Joseph-Jones

 The flashy Joseph-Jones-trained Wonderbolt is right on song for Saturday’s Highway Plate at Randwick.

Formerly with Anthony Cummings, Wonderbolt commenced his latest  campaign for the Canberra stable in a Scone BM77 two weeks ago .

Stable representative Zane Jones says the More Than Ready gelding didn’t enjoy the best of runs at Scone and will be greatly improved off it.

“He won a Goulburn trial following a long layoff and didn’t do a bad job to be beaten 2.9L in the circumstances,” Jones says.

Fell Swoop Pressing On To 2016 Doomben 10,000

Canberra trainer Matt Dale is more than happy with his classy sprinter Fell Swoop following the gelding’s “nightmare run” in Saturday’s Group 1 BTC Cup at Doomben.

Dale says Fell Swoop pulled up “really well” and has followed that through since.

“He’s bright and eating well and will press on to the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday week,” Dale says.

“The horse is now looking to settle and obviously Doomben is a very sharp 1200m.

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.

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.