Jolly Joker in hot form

A recent return to his career best form leaves Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella confident Jolly Joker can return to the winner's stall at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Having finished a close second behind the in-form Virtuoso when resuming the now eight-year-old would go on to notch up a convincing victory at Canberra two back before a game third placing at Orange last start.

"I've been very pleased with him he's done everything right this time in and is racing in great form," Vella said.

Coliseo in the running for the Sydney Cup

Despite being installed the ranked outsider in the Sydney Cup this weekend Canberra based trainer Norm Gardner is confident his stable star Coliseo can make his presence felt.

Although unable to feature in the finish in the Group 2 Chairman's Handicap last start Gardner believed his performance had plenty of merit.

"I thought he ran a very good race last start, he covered a lot of ground and managed to still work home well," Gardner said.

"He had quite a tough run from about the 800m and I was very pleased with his effort in the run home.

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 26 April 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Friday 26 April 2013.  Race 1 - 12:43pm

Race 1:  5 – 1 - 3

Race 2:  7 – 8 - 12

Race 3: 3 – 2 - 5

Race 4:  6 – 8 - 9

Race 5:  9 – 7 - 6

Race 6:  5 – 7 - 3

Race 7:   1 – 6 – 7

Race 8:   5 – 2 - 1

Best Bet of the day R5 #9 Adorabeel

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Put another nickle on Macknuckle

Dual Listed Canberra Cup victor Macknuckle will make his long awaited return from injury this weekend when he lines up in the last race on the card at Randwick.

Unseen since finishing a narrow second at Flemington in the Byron Moore Handicap on New Year's Day over two years ago the now eight-year-old will make his return from a serious tendon injury that at one stage was going to bring about his premature retirement.

Caprossa impresses in return

Canberra based trained Paul Jones will head to Wagga quietly confident  next week after his talented mare Caprossa made a winning return at Canterbury on Wednesday.

In what Jones had planned to only be a lead up run towards next week's Wagga Town Plate, Caprossa proved successful in keeping her unbeaten fresh record intact when working home strongly to tackle race leader Master Gaze right in the shadows of the post.

"She's one of my best and I went there with a little bit of improvement left in her and I told Nathan [Berry] that," Jones said.

Nisbet off to Melbourne

Canberra based apprentice Kayla Nisbet will be looking to grab her opportunity with both hands when she joins the powerful David Hayes stable in May.

Having out-ridden her country claim at Goulburn earlier this year a timely victory aboard the David Hayes trained Clearwater Bay has given Nisbet her greatest opportunity of her riding career.

"I've only had the one ride for David Hayes and it was a winner at Wagga, that's how this whole move came about," Nisbet said.

"I was very lucky it worked out very well for me."

Nat King Cu Vulnerable first up

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive warns Nat King Cu may be a shade vulnerable first up when he makes his return to the races at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

While not one to hide his high opinion of Nat King Cu Olive admits Friday's race will prove quite a challenge for the son of King Cugat.

"I feel he does have a big task ahead of him on Friday, he's got to carry 60kg against some nice up and coming horses," Olive said.

"It's a fairly good field so if he can win on Friday then he has definitely come back super.

John Scorse Best Bets for Saturday 24 March 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Saturday 24 March 2013

Race 1:  1 – 3 - 5

Race 2:  10 – 5 - 6

Race 3: 3 – 7 - 5

Race 4:  6 – 5 – 11

Race 5: 1 – 6 - 8

Race 6: 4 – 13 - 3

Best Bet of the day R4 #6 Definate Time

Please note these tips are for the gallops only.

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Canberra Racing Club creates history

The Canberra Racing Club will embark on a history making venture this weekend with a combined thoroughbred and harness meeting to be held at Thoroughbred Park on Saturday.

Canberra Racing Club Chief Executive Peter Stubbs is excited at the prospect of combining the two codes for the first time with Saturday's race meeting comprising of six thoroughbred races and three harness races.

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