Joseph & Jones Hopeful To Come Closer

Canberra based trainer Paul Jones remains hopeful they can peg back a few winners on current leading trainer Nick Olive with only three meetings remaining  this season.

Currently four wins adrift of Olive in the Canberra Racing Club's trainer premiership, Jones is set to saddle up three gallopers on Friday at Thoroughbred Park headed by promising filly Come Closer.

Having continued to raise the bar with each visit to the races, the daughter of Shamardal broke through for her maiden win in impressive fashion last start when leading throughout at the Sapphire Coast.

Rose Of Falvelon The New Headline Act

A changing of the guard is underway at Nick Olive's Canberra base with Rose Of Falvelon the new headline affair with the recent sale of star mare Capital Commander.

Having contested her last race for the Olive stable during the Albury Carnival, Capital Commander was sold for $205,000 in the recent Inglis Easter Select Broodmare Sale.

Under her new connections Capital Commander will continue to race for Gerald Ryan, with Olive wishing them all the best before her broodmare duties beckon in the Spring.

Olive Eyes Off Further Premiership Success

Canberra's leading based trainer Nick Olive appears on track to clinch his sixth trainer's premiership in eight years as he holds a healthy lead heading into the final three meetings of the season.

Currently three wins ahead of the Joseph and Jones stable, Olive was of full of praise for his rivals labelling this season as one of the most competitive in recent memory.

"No question Thoroughbred Park is my favourite place to win races and it really has been a competitive season which looks set to go right down to the wire," Olive said.

Jones Eyes Of Spring Targets

Promising filly Just A Blur has been put away with a view towards the Spring following her eye catching performance in the Scone Guineas.

Successful in bringing up a new career peak when finishing fourth behind Cosmic Endeavour, Canberra based trainer Paul Jones was simply over the moon with her performance.

"After she was forced to sit five wide throughout, I was hopeful that she would keep whacking away to the line," Jones said.

Vella Keeps The Faith With Chosen Time

Although a while between victories Gratz Vella remains confident stable stalwart Chosen Time can return to the winner's stall at Canberra on Friday.

Having not saluted the judge since January last year the son of Marechal has endured a notable run of outs however his two recent efforts have proven most encouraging.

"He found the 1200m a bit sharp first up but his two recent efforts over 1400m have been very good," Vella said.

Thoroughbred Park Gets The Green Light

Canberra Racing Club Chief Executive Peter Stubbs has announced the course proper will be back in shape for next Friday's meeting at Thoroughbred Park.

Having undertook  a major course proper renovation process in April, the course proper was deemed unfit to race on May 30.

"We carried two sets of jump-outs in the week prior to the last meeting being conducted, the riders were satified with the surface, though the inside 10m was deemed in better shape than the outside 10m," Stubbs said.

Unanimously An Exception To The Rule

While the majority of Not A Single Doubt's progeny have generally reached their respective peaks as two and three-year-olds, the Matthew Dale trained Unanimously remains a clear exception to the rule.

Having begun his career back as a juvenile the now rising seven-year-old was successful in notching up a new career peak at Scone last start when finishing a close second in the Listed Ortensia Stakes.

Meticulously Returns To The Scene Of The Crime

Despite stepping out for his eleventh start this time in Matthew Dale remains confident Meticulously can hold his form when set to line up at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Following up on his hardened performance in the Wagga Guineas two back the son of Not A Single Doubt proved too good when racing up on the speed, digging in deep to notch up his maiden metropolitan success at Canterbury.

"I thought he was very unlucky in the Guineas two back, it was a very good run," Dale said.

Meticulously Lands Overdue Victory

A textbook ride from Brenton Avdulla has helped land a hit and run mission for the Matthew Dale stable with Meticulously proving too good in the fifth event at Canterbury.

In what proved Meticulously's first victory in metropolitan company the son of Not A Single Doubt continued Dale's notoriety for having success with his horses interstate.

Currently striking at 29% in Victoria this season, Meticulously's victory brought up Dale's 23rd success in NSW.

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