Atom Eve Ready For Hawkesbury TAB Highway Plate

Canberra-trained gallopers have a strong hand in Saturday’s TAB Highway Plate at Hawkesbury.

In contrast to the large fields that feature in most Highway races, just eight runners have accepted for Saturday’s 1100m contest.

Canberra-trained Atom Eve is currently the market favourite with TAB fixed odds at $1.90.

Trainer Norm Gardner says he couldn’t be happier with Atom Eve. He says she has come back extra well.

Single Gaze Induction

The Group 1 winning filly Single Gaze trained locally by Nick Olive will be inducted into the Wall of Fame at tomorrow’s race day at Thoroughbred Park.

The owners along with jockey Kathy O’Hara will attend the meeting at a luncheon and the induction will be made by Chairman Dr Chris Ward at 1:20pm in the Mounting Yard.

Single Gaze was triumphant in her first Group 1 win in the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill in March taking her earnings to over $1 million.

Single Gaze Cleared For Spelling Paddock

 After a round of vet checks at the Nick Olive stable, Vinery Stud Stakes winner Single Gaze has gone to the spelling paddock with the promise of a spring return.

Canberra trainer Olive says Single Gaze suffered bruising, as well as a pulled muscle in her stomach which will take a few months to come right.

Single Gaze crashed to the turf during the running of the ATC Australian Oaks.

The incident saw jockey Kathy O’Hara hospitalised and she will be out of the saddle for at least four months.  

Damien Oliver To Ride Fell Swoop In Victory Stakes

 Leading Melbourne hoop Damien Oliver has been booked to ride Canberra’s Fell Swoop when he makes his Queensland debut.

Oliver will reunite with Fell Swoop in the Group 2 Victory Stakes to be run at Doomben on April 30.

Oliver has ridden the Matthew Dale-trained gelding twice for wins in Melbourne in the Chandler McLeod Stakes and in the Testa Rossa Stakes last spring.

Fell Swoop has been ridden by different jockeys in each of his three runs this campaign, beginning with Glyn Schofield when a close second in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate.

Success Leads To Horse Training Rise In Canberra

 There has been a surge in the number of race horses being trained in Canberra.

Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the recent success of Single Gaze and Fell Swoop in recent Group 1’s has put the spotlight on the positives of Canberra as a quality training centre.

Stubbs says the Matt Dale stable continues to grow and he expects the same to apply with Nick Olive.

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 Race 1: 5 - 1 - 4 - 3

• 5 Mixed Blossom, Scored dominant all the way win first up, will lead for a long way with 2kg less, second up always a query

• 1 Thelittleracketeer, Lightly raced mare who has showed good potential, goes well fresh, must respect from the leading yard

• 4 Man of Peace, Has shown good ability and coming off a freshen up, suited in the small field

• 3 Ribands, Next Best


Race 2: 4 - 5 - 1 - 8

Brendan Ward and Matt Dale Head Canberra Premierships

With four months of the racing season remaining, five riders are in a position to take out the 2015— 2106 Canberra Jockey Premiership.

In a hotly contested race, Brendon Ward has his nose in front with 13 winners, followed by Jay Ford (12), Jeff Penza (11) and Matt Cahill and Kayla Nisbet (10 each).

Richard Bensley still holds down sixth on the premiership list, but is out of action recovering from a serious race fall, while next in line Josh Cartwright, has returned to South Australia.

Single Gaze In Order For Australian Oaks

 Wet or dry Single Gaze will take her place in Saturday’s James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks at Randwick.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze came through her 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes win on 26 March “in great order”.

Olive says Single Gaze has a great constitution and believes the step-up from 2000m will not be a problem for the Not A Single Doubt filly — but he concedes a wet track would be a bit of an unknown.

Fell Swoop falls one short in the TJ Smith

Fell Swoop continues his stellar form and trainer Matt Dale has revealed he will re-assess plans with his stable star following an impressive performance for second in Saturday’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick beaten only by a memorable performance from standout sprinter Chautauqua.

Fell Swoop has been a standout for Canberra-based Dale through his entire racing career so far and has posted an impressive eight wins and three minors in only thirteen competitive appearances.