Matt Dale Seeks More Metropolitan Success

Canberra sprinting star Fell Swoop has gone for a spell with trainer Matt Dale looking “at this stage” at the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield as a first-up autumn assignment, followed by the Galaxy at Randwick three weeks later.

Dale says the Not A Single Doubt gelding went to the paddock in “superb order” and well-over the slight set-back to led to his recent Sydney scratching.  

“He went out in really good nick because he had had a month between runs and really thrived,” Dale said.

Canberra Racing Geared For Melbourne Cup Day

The Canberra Racing Club is gearing-up for another big Melbourne Cup day race meeting with 1200 people already booked for corporate luncheons.

Canberra CEO Peter Stubbs says ‘Cup Day’ is the club’s second largest day in terms of attendance and a suite of activities are planned, including fashions on the fields and live music.

He says there will be seven local races on the card, with smallish field envisaged, given the demand on jockey numbers with so many regional meetings scheduled for the day.

Dale And Ward Put Stamp On Capital Cash

Matt Dale cemented himself firmly on top of the ACT trainer’s premiership with three winners at Friday’s Capital Cash meeting at Canberra.

Dale saluted with Go Cup Belle, in the John McGrath Auto Group BM70 over 1200m, Linsang, in the Canberra Outlet Centre Maiden over 1300m and Tommy Gun, at surprising odds, in the Siren Bar & Restaurant BM55 over 1200m.

Dale has now trained 11 winners since the commencement of the season from 29 starters, for a strike rate of 38%!

John Scorse Best Bets for 23rd October 2015

**Updated after final scrathcings.

Race 1: 3 - 2 - 5 - 4

• 3 Dantains Spiris, smart mare resuming here, races well fresh winning two of three, good speed here, she will be strongest late.

• 2 Diamond To Pegasus, suited first up in the small field with the claim, another who will finish powerfully.

• 5 Dunderry, strong winner last start, will be there abouts from ideal gate. 

• 4 McLennan is next best.


Race 2: 4 - 5 - 2 - 7

Lightning Strikes for Canberra Comet

A winner of eight of his 10 starts, the son of Not A Single Doubt should arguably be unbeaten this preparation, after nothing went right first up.

Given four weeks between runs, Fell Swoop will line up in Saturday's Listed City Tattersall's Club Lightning at Rosehill over 1100m.

"He will line up this Saturday at Rosehill, we will then look to send him for a break and come back for the Autumn," Dale said.

"He raced twice in a fortnight with two trips to Melbourne, so we were happy to give him a four week break."

Dryden Hoping For Inaugural Highway Success

Leading trainer Keith Dryden remains upbeat for Saturday's inaugural TAB Highway Handicap with promising filly Flash In The Dark set to take her place.

An impressive winner at Canberra first up, the daughter of Northern Meteor brought up her second win from three starts when overcoming a wide run throughout.

Although the bare margin was only narrow, she displayed a great willingness to win and set the bar high for this coming preparation.

Joseph Thrilled With Highway Concept

Canberra based trainer Barbara Joseph is thrilled with Racing NSW's decision to introduce the TAB Highway Handicaps to Sydney Saturday Metropolitan meetings.

A key follow up from both the Country and Provincial Championships, the TAB Highway Handicap concept aims to provide country trained gallopers with the opportunity to compete on the metropolitan stage.

"What this will do for country racing is fantastic," Joseph said.

"Everyone is talking about these races, the people in the bush have needed this opportunity for years.

John Scorse Best Bets for 16th October 2015

** Updated after final scratchings.

Race 1: 5 - 7 - 3 - 2

• 5 Stratum’s Siren, lightly raced filly resuming here, looked good in all runs last preparation, has ideal gate and gets big weight pull from her dangers. 

• 7 Singled Out, has very strong form from last preparation, also resuming and well suited in small field.

• 3 You’re Kidding Me, broke through last start at Queanbeyan, this is harder.

• 2 Stake Knife, consistent type resuming here, place claims.

Race 2: 2 - 1 - 4 - 3

Unanimously Saved For Another Day

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale will wait for another day electing to bypass Sunday's Apache Cat Classic with Unanimously.

On the comeback trail, Unanimously displayed sharp improvement last start when finishing a close seventh behind Sabatini.

Beaten just one-and-a-half lengths, the now eight-year-old had spent 441 days on the sidelines with Dale confident he is now over his niggling issues.

"He's had a few hoof problems, which touch wood we are now on top of," Dale said.

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