Canberra Premierships Ding Dong Battles— Two Meetings Remaining

The ACT Jockey and Trainer premierships will go down to the wire with just with just two Canberra meetings to be run before the end of the 2016-17 racing season.

Cowra-based Matt Cahill and Canberra’s Brendan Ward will fight out the jockey title with Cahill (19) holding a two-win lead over Ward (17).

The trainer premiership is even tighter with the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership (22) sitting just one win ahead of the late surging Nick Olive (21).

Matt Dale sits third on 13 Canberra winners but will have to weave plenty of magic to catch the above pair.

Clipper sets sail for Caulfield

Clipper from the Matt Dale yard will fly the Canberra flag at Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield.  

The recent dual Highway Handicap winner will race in the Super Vobis Three-Years-Old Fillies Handicap (1100m) of $100,000.

Clipper has won four of her six starts and Dale says she deserves her chance in Melbourne.

Dale says Saturday’s race has been on the radar since the latest Highway success and the three weeks between runs is perfect for the Beneteau filly.

He says she’s been working the left handed way of racing.

Clipper Sets Sail For Caulfield

Clipper from the Matt Dale yard will fly the Canberra flag at Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield.

The dual Highway handicap winner will race in the Super Vobis Three-Years-Old Fillies Handicap (1100m) of $100,000.

Clipper has won four of her six starts and Dale says she deserves her chance in Melbourne.

Dale says Saturday’s race has been on the radar since the latest Highway success and the three weeks between runs is perfect for the Beneteau filly.

He says she’s been working the left handed way of racing.

Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop Confirmed Runner In The $10 Million Everest

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will contest the $10m The Everest as the Inglis slot representative.

In its inaugural year The Everest will be the world’s richest race on turf when it’s run at Randwick on Saturday October 14.
 

There are now four confirmed runners in The Everest, of which three are Inglis graduates – Fell Swoop, Chautauqua and She Will Reign.
 

Premiership Guns Lined Up Canberra Friday

Friday’s Canberra meeting on the Acton Synthetic surface will provide another clue as to the likely winners of the sought-after 2016-17 ACT Trainer and Jockey Premierships.

In the Trainer Premiership Keith Dryden-Scott Collings (22) hold a one win lead over Nick Olive (21) with Matt Dale lurking on (13).

In the Jockey Premiership Matt Cahill (19) has a two win lead over Brendan Ward (17) with a gap to apprentice Brock Ryan (12) and Richard Bensley (10).

At Friday’s meeting Dale and Olive particularly look to have nice chances.

Olive chasing Highway victory

Group 1 winning trainer Nick Olive is chasing his first Highway Handicap win with in-form Murrmaid

The 3yo filly is primed for her third win in a row, after saluting twice in Canberra.  One on the turf and the other on the Acton synthetic

“She is a nice filly and have only had her for the two runs and I really like her” Olive said. “She has worked well during the week and I think she will appreciate the step up to 1500m”

Canberra Trainer Joe Ible — Focus On Quality

The Canberra thoroughbred training complex is home to a crop of exciting young trainers and none more so that Joe Ible.

Ible (27) began his training career in Moruya and 18 months ago took the decision to move to Canberra — following in the footsteps of fellow trainer Luke Pepper.  

“I saw the success that Luke had and it seemed a logical next step,” Ible says. “It’s been fantastic.

“The facilities in Canberra are great and I have had an influx of new clients and grown the stable numbers. So it’s been a very good move for me.”

Single Gaze Seeks Doomben Double

Despite having to carry top weight, Canberra trainer Nick Olive had no hesitation backing up Single Gaze in Saturday’s 2017 Brisbane Cup Group 2 at Doomben.

Single Gaze took out the 2017 Group 2 O’Shea Stakes a week ago and Olive says the mare “pulled up as if she’d just finished a track gallop”.

“She’s thrived since the O’Shea and is going too well to put out.”

Olive says whatever the outcome on Saturday Single Gaze will be given a short spell and be aimed at the Spring features in Melbourne.

Overdane overdue for a win on synthetic in Australia

Synthetic track specialist Overdane, trained by the Joseph & Jones Racing team was welcomed late last year as an overseas import from Hong Kong.  The gelding has won HK $3.7M ($572,000 AUS) on synthetic tracks overseas and was brought to Canberra to take advantage of the Acton track.

With Canberra holding its second race on the synthetic surface tomorrow, again have the opportunity to perform on a synthetic track on Australian soil.

Nominations Point To Another Bumper Meeting On Canberra’s New Synthetic track.

The contenders for the ACT Trainers Premiership have nominated strong teams for Friday’s Canberra meeting on the new Acton synthetic track.

Nick Olive and the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership have each trained twenty winner this season with Matt Dale still in touch with 13.

Dryden-Collings have a strong hand in the BM 65 with both Atlantic Sentinel and Crusader General nominated; with the former looking particularly well-placed.

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