Al Ahmar Sets Sights On Murrumbidgee Cup

Stable stalwart Al Ahmar chases back to back victories at Wagga on Sunday following his impressive display in the Gundagai Cup last start.

In what proved successive victories in the feature event, the son of Al Maher proceeded to relish the testing conditions when coming from near last to sweep down the outside to salute easily by two lengths.

A proven a model of consistency this time in having now placed in four of his last five starts, Canberra based trainer Paul Jones will now set his sights on Sunday's Murrumbidgee Cup at Wagga.

Commander Aims To Go Out A Winner

 An emotional day appears in store for Canberra based trainer Nick Olive with the likely retirement of stable star Capital Commander after Friday's Orange Cup.

Having flown the stable's flag for a number of seasons, Olive rated the daughter of Commands as one of his favourite horses in recent memory.

"She'd be right up there as one of my favourites so it will be a bit emotional at Orange on Friday," Olive said.

Canberra Races abandoned Friday 4 April

After 40ml of rain since 6:30am and in consultation with RacingNSW in an attempt to find an alternative date, todays race meeting at Canberra has been officially abandoned.

The Club will run a fresh set of barrier trials on Tuesday 8-4 on the Acton track commencing at 9:30am (with track work ceasing at 9am). Nominations for these trials close at 1pm on Monday 7-4.

Olive Out To Extend Premiership Lead

Leading Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will be out to extend his lead in the Canberra Racing Club Trainer's Premiership on Friday following his fifth straight victory at Thoroughbred Park last meeting.

Having saddled up a winning double at Canberra on Black Opal Stakes day, Olive would go on to collect a winning treble at last month's meeting and now chases his sixth straight victory on Friday.

"It's been a great month for the stable and I couldn't be happier at the moment," Olive said.

Akoonah Tipped To Take The Next Step

Progressive filly Akoonah appears right on track to live up to the hype following her game performance to finish second at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Having made her return with an impressive win at Canberra last month, Olive elected to test the waters with his daughter of Ready's Image in a hope she could make the grade.

A noted front-runner Akoonah quickly found herself in unfamiliar territory when settling towards the rear of the field before recovering well in the straight to hit the line strongly behind the Garry Clarke trained Oh So Adorable.

Back To Zero To Be Respected At Albury

An eye catching performance first up leaves Paul Jones confident stable veteran Back To Zero can break back into the winner's stall at Albury on Thursday.

Making his return from a short two month break the now eight-year-old caught the eye late in the piece when not finishing that far off the talented Messene in the Listed National Sprint.

Having settled down towards the rear the son of Reset hit the line strongly to finish seventh much to Jones's delight.

Albury Guineas To Be Just A Blur

Progressive filly Just A Blur proved quite unlucky in the Canberra Guineas last start and gets her chance to atone at Albury on Friday.

While unlikely to fight out the finish the daughter of Just A Blur was entitled to finish a lot closer after suffering some interference over the concluding stages.

Going on to finish eighth in the feature event left Canberra based trainer Paul Jones in two minds after the race however upon reflection he was quite pleased with her performance.

A Great Weekend For Canberra Racing

Monday 24 March 2014

The chances of the Listed Seppelt Black Opal Stakes being upgraded to Group 3 were enhanced over the weekend by performances of horses who ran well in the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes earlier this month.

On Saturday at Rosehill Gardens Ghibellines who ran 5th in the Black Opal Stakes won the Group 2 Todman Stakes and Lucky Raquie who won the Black Opal Stakes finished 5th in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes.  

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