Spackman Trio To Canberra

By Jared Dorrington

Goulburn based trainer Graeme Spackman will take a three horse team to Canberra tomorrow and is expecting strong showings from at least two of them. Spackman has high hopes for Murials Spirit and Via Facile who will both be racing fourth-up at Thoroughbred Park.

Six-year-old Murials Spirit will contest the opening race of the Canberra meeting – a Benchmark 65 Handicap (1206m).

Canberra Prize Money 2012/2013

The Canberra Racing Club will increase prize money for the financial year commencing 1 July 2012.

 During the financial year the Club will conduct 25 race meetings 17 of which will be on the Turf Course Proper and 8 race meetings on the Acton (synthetic) Track.

Prize money for standard races on the turf course proper will be $15,000 for Open Class and Benchmark races and $14,000 for Maiden and 2yr Old Class races.

 Prize money for standard races on the Acton track will be $13,000 up from $11,000 commencing from 1 August.

Twice as nice for Wiggins

Peter Wiggins is confident Salander can give him a second Canberra Horse Of The Year title after stablemate Turbo Hemi won the esteemed award two seasons ago.

The four-year-old has saluted the judge on three occasions this season, finishing as the runner-up a further four times from her 11 starts.

Wiggins believes a win in next Friday's meeting at Thoroughbred Park will wrap up the award for the Moscow Ballet mare.

Zaratone hits a high note

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is concerned what impact the soft surface at Wagga will have on his star gallopers tilt at tomorrow’s $65,000 Wagga Town Plate.

The Wagga track is currently rated at a slow-6 and is expected to stay that way for tomorrow’s meeting which will not benefit the six-year-old.

Zaratone has won once from four starts on slow tracks, but that sole win came over two-and-a-half years ago in a much weaker class race at Queanbeyan.

Nriangi after picket fence at Randwick

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones trained Nriangi will be searching for his fourth successive victory when he lines up for his first metropolitan class race at Randwick on Monday.

The Untouchable gelding has proven just that in his past three outings with his most impressive coming last start at Canberra when he saluted the judge by a five-length margin.

Nriangi will line-up in the Sharp Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m) on Monday, with Jones expecting a forward showing from the four-year-old who has retained the same jockey from his past three wins.

Black Opal Stakes waiving not drowning

The Canberra Racing Club is confident torrential rain swamping south-east Australia won’t effect next weekend’s Black Opal Stakes meeting.

Several race meetings are under serious threat over the next few days with tomorrow’s Sapphire Coast races expected to be the first NSW casualty of the downpours.

Earlier today Sunday’s Wangaratta Cup meeting in northern Victoria was abandoned due to the driving rain.

Joseph and Jones stable success of 2012

Barbara Joseph and son Paul Jones have experienced a strong run of form lately in metropolitan grade with the partnership saddling up two winners and two seconds over the past four-weeks.

The Canberra based partnership's leading stable runners Fill The Page, Onthelookout, and Delabombell have all looked strong in their respective campaigns with each aimed at racing at Thoroughbred Park's feature race day on March 11.

One more win for One More Grand

Neville Layt is expecting One More Grand to make it back-to-back victories at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park tomorrow.

The four-year-olds latest run came at the Canberra venue when he had a convincing three-length victory in a Benchmark 62 Handicap (1200m) on December 30.

Third-up from a spell, One More Grand will now contest a Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m) tomorrow.

The gelding had a favourable draw for his last effort, and despite drawing the widest barrier for tomorrow's race, Layt believes he will be the one to beat once again.

Patience Pays Off With Coliseo

The Norm Gardner trained Coliseo recorded a career best victory on Wednesday by powering home to take out The Links Shell Cove Handicap (2000m) at Kembla Grange.

Coliseo settled third-last after jumping from a wide barrier. The five-year-old gelding found a clear run in the straight after settling on the rails in transit to power home and win by a ¾-length over race favourite Mangaroa Flyer.

Ward Bags Another Double At Canberra

Jared Dorrington

Leading Canberra-based jockey Brendan Ward finished his day off in style at Thoroughbred Park on Friday when we rode the final two winners of the meeting.

Despite his winning double, Ward admitted that he had higher expectations going in to the Canberra meeting.

"I expected to have a really good day. To be honest, I was expecting to win three or four here," Ward said.

The first of his winners came in a Class 2 Handicap (1200m) as the $2.20 favourite aboard the four-year-old mare Sydney's Destiny.

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