Murraguldrie Thriving For Trainer Rob Potter

 “Happy horses try” according to Capricorn Park trainer Rob Potter, and that’s no better demonstrated than through the deeds of his talented Zariz gelding Murraguldrie.

Murraguldrie blitzed an Orange CL3 field over a mile two runs back, and then took out a BM67 at Canterbury last start doing it against all odds.

Potter, who just a handful in work at the magnificent Capricorn Park property just outside Canberra, says Murraguldrie “… is a lovely horse and he just keeps getting better.

Testing Continues On New Acton Surface

 Work is progressing to settle on the composition of the new synthetic surface for the Thoroughbred Park inner (Acton) racetrack.

The $2 million project is planned to be completed by autumn next year in time for winter racing.

The replacement surface is being developed by the club itself through the Boral Laboratories in Sydney using wax and fibres imported from Germany.

CEO Peter Stubbs says two test strips are in place at the moment and a third will likely follow.

Got The Goss Delivers In Sydney

Classy Canberra gelding Got The Goss kept his unblemished first-up record intact winning a $80,000 BM85 at Rosehill on Saturday.

As trainer Trevor McIlrick suggested to us on the Thoroughbred Park website a few weeks ago, Got The Goss was fit and ready to fire, and only needed a dry track to feature in this grade. And so it proved.

McIlrick was delighted with the win.

“He’s got to have good tracks and a bit of luck in running,” McIlrick said of the gelding who got up by a nose ridden by Blake Shinn.

Luke Pepper Spices Up Canberra’s Training Ranks

After more than a half decade based at Moruya, respected horseman Luke Pepper has settled back into the Canberra’s training scene and is making every post a winner.

Fresh off a ‘double’ at the last Canberra meeting, Pepper says he is now well-settled into the stable complex he shares with another local mentor Mick Miladinovic.

Pepper says it was an easy transition, because these were the quarters that housed the Nick Olive team when Pepper was the premiership trainer’s foreman.

Just A Blur Wins Goulburn Cup

Just A Blur has taken out the $100,000 Goulburn Cup with the stable now considering a tilt at the Group 2 Villiers Stakes.

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones-trained mare accounted for a strong line up of milers, powering past the well performed Moral Victory inside the furlong for a 1.5 length success.

“She got all of the luck,” co-trainer Paul Jones said.

“The pace was there, she was where we wanted her to be midfield, she travelled into the race and let down great.

More Canberra Success For Trainer Keith Dryden

Canberra trainer Keith Dryden continues to rack up the winners at his home track with Bid Of Faith and Maluti both saluting on Sunday.

Dryden is now only two wins behind Matt Dale in the 2015-16 Canberra trainers premiership, with 10 local wins from 33 starters at a strike rate of 30.30%.    

Bid Of Faith was heavily backed and made it two wins on end in the Canberra Elite Cabs C1 over 1200m.

“She dug in for the fight and nothing much went right for her. I was pretty impressed by the win. I thought it was great.”

Miss Liffey Sydney Bound — Trevor McIlrick

Miss Liffey provided one of the highlights at Sunday’s Canberra race meeting blitzing a BM60 field by four lengths over the 1000m.

The 3yo Al Aseel filly made it three wins from three and led all the way on the slow surface to record a 4.0L victory eased up.

Canberra trainer Trevor McIlrick says Miss Liffey’s next assignment will be in Sydney in the next two or three weeks.

“She has shown us ability since day dot, but she was very immature in the body and more so in the mind and it was just a matter of being very patient.

Nick Olive Ready To Weave His Magic

Canberra’s multiple premiership trainer Nick Olive is about to unleash his stable stars with Bring A Secret and Single Gaze both back in work.

However this Saturday the stable’s attention will be focused on Sydney and the performance of the Sebring gelding Cool In Black, in the $85,000 2yo Plate over 1100m.

Cool In Black impressed winning a recent Goulburn barrier trial and Olive says he’s “going along very nicely”.

Joseph-Jones Banking On Gundagai Success

A stack of Canberra horses are engaged in the iconic two-day Snake Gully Cup Carnival that kicks-off at Gundagai tomorrow (Friday 13 November).

And little wonder. This year more than $270,000 in total prizemoney is up for grabs over the two days with the $55,000 Gundagai District Services Club XXXX Snake Gully Cup the highlight.

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones stable hold a strong hand tomorrow with Under The Eaves (Race 2), Bank On Henry (Race 4) and Just A Blur in the Cup (Race 7) all sure to be fancied.

Another Canberra Treble For Brendan Ward

Leading Canberra hoop Brendan Ward booted home a treble at Canberra on ‘Cup Day’, repeating his feat from the previous local meeting.

That’s catapulted him to the top of the ACT jockey’s premiership with then 10 wins from 34 rides 

To put his form in perspective, last season Ward won 14 at Canberra from 100 rides, although importantly, for four months his progress was impeded as he recovered from a serious neck injury.

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