Karakuchi Leads Dale's Charge

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale holds a strong hand at Thoroughbred Park on Friday, headed by promising mare Karakuchi.

Set to saddle up three runners across the eight race card program, Dale rates last start winner Karakuchi as his leading contender.

"I'd say Karakuchi is my best tomorrow, she is the winning horse, and is a horse that goes against the grain," Dale said

"She has been sticking her head out, and has a real will to win."

Positive Outlook For Canberra Jockeys

By Chris Scholtz

Scans have allayed fears that premier Canberra based jockey Brendan Ward, had suffered career ending injuries in a race fall at Wagga last Friday.

Ward was airlifted to a Sydney hospital with a broken neck, after he was involved in a three-horse fall.

Ward was thrown from his saddle in the seventh event aboard the Brad Witt trained Inigo, with fellow Canberra based jockey Carly Frater and experienced Wagga jockey Andy Bloomfield also dislodged in the event.

Olive Confident Nat King Cu Back On Track

Classy Canberra galloper Nat King Cu is “going fantastic” and will be nominated for Warwick Farm next Wednesday.

After showing enormous promise in his initial preparations, the King Cugat gelding’s form fell away — much to the consternation of Canberra premiership trainer, Nick Olive.

“We are confident we have him back on track," Olive said.

“He’s a cracking type, but has taken a bit of working out.

Olive Gives Ward A Chance In “His" Race At Wagga

Top Canberra hoop Brendan Ward will be out to win the race named in his honour at Wagga tomorrow.

Ward rides the Nick Olive trained San Severo in the race two, the Premier Jockey B Ward Maiden.

San Severo was transferred from Melbourne trainer, Mark Kavanagh, less than two weeks ago, and Olive said the Strada four-year-old arrived in “great order”. 

“We have given him one gallop and he worked well,” Olive said.

Jones To Aim Up With Just A Blur

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is setting his sights towards the elite company in Melbourne, with promising mare Just A Blur.

Having continued to raise the bar last time in, Jones said Just A Blur had pleased him since her return and will look to resume in about a month's time.

"I'm really happy with her, she's up to three-quarter pace at the moment and will look to resume on our raceday in four weeks time," Jones said.

You Can Bank On Henry

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones already has an eye on the Listed Canberra Guineas with promising galloper, Bank On Henry.

A one start maiden, the son of Henrythenavigator created quite the impression on debut, after missing the start at Gundagai.

Recovering to settle just off-midfield, Bank On Henry really caught the eye, when flashing home down the centre to finish second.

"It was Carly's [Frater] first week of racing on that occasion, she only had five or six rides under her belt," Jones said.

Dale Looking To Build With Jacinta

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale admits Jacinta faces a tough task at Randwick on Saturday, but expects her to show good improvement on her first up effort.

Set to line up in the final event, the daughter of Commands hit the line gamely fresh, after she settled further back than Dale had hoped.

"The ear muffs probably switched her off a little bit more than we anticipated," Dale said.

"She got a fair way back and never got out until the race was over.

"I was happy with her first up run, I thought she made up good steady ground late.

Canberra Racing Concerned For Its Future

By Chris Scholtz

Canberra Racing Club is concerned for its financial security after being left out in the cold by the ACT Government’s decision to sell the ACT TAB.

The CRC had been involved in drawn out discussions with the ACT Government over the pending sale of ACTTAB but only found out the deal with Tabcorp had been finalised last week via media reports.

The CRC and Canberra’s other racing bodies had been pressing to have a minimum annual funding clause for the three codes included in any sale agreement.

Olive Remains On Top

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive has continued his dominance in the Nation's Capital after he clinched his sixth Canberra Racing Club Trainer's Premiership in eight years.

Renowned as the region's leading trainer, Olive was thrilled with his stable's performance highlighting their strike rate as the most pleasing.

"It's been a challenging year that's for sure but it was great reward for both myself and my staff," Olive said.

Dale To The Fore At Canberra

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale appears to hold a strong hand at Thoroughbred Park on Friday with three leading chances engaged.

Dale saddled up a winning double at Canberra last meeting and appears well placed to kick off the new season on a winning note, with last start winner Coco Miss chasing a hat-trick of victories in the third event.

Having only recently joined Dale's team after formerly being trained by Tony McEvoy the daughter of Lonhro again proved most impressive when leading throughout at Canberra last start.