Nick Olive Unveils Black Opal Stakes Prospect

Canberra-trainer looks to have another promising youngster on his hands following Sizzling Belle’s win in Saturday’s 2yo Plate at Rosehill.

The Magic Millions-purchased filly hit the lead in the straight with Kathy O’Hara aboard and held off Outrageous who came hard.

A bit of a Single Gaze lookalike, Sizzling Belle will target the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes to be run on 11 March on Canberra’s Super Sunday.

Jockey Patrick Scorse — ‘A Chip Off The Old Block’

Talking racing and race riding with Patrick (Paddy) Scorse is a pleasure.

The 19yo Canberra-based apprentice heads the ACT Jockey Premiership, and presents as a well-grounded individual; articulate, thoughtful and professionally-focused.

His ambition is to be a leader in his craft.

The son of respected former leading rider and Sky Racing host John Scorse is rapidly shaping as ‘a chip off the old block’.

‘Dad’ couldn’t have been more proud when ‘Paddy’ rated Always Court beautifully in front to win the recent Narooma Cup. 

Melbourne First For Fell Swoop

Fell Swoop’s liking for Melbourne will see the classy Canberra-trained sprinter head south for the start of his autumn campaign.

Trainer Matt Dale is confident Fell Swoop will regain his best form after he pulled up with the thumps when placed last in the $10 million Everest at Randwick in October.

Single Gaze To Trial Canberra Friday

Nick Olive’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze is set to trial at Canberra on Friday in preparation for an autumn campaign.

The Matt Dale-trained Hermosa Beach will also make a return in the same heat — at 6:05pm.

There will also be plenty of interest in the second trial which features a stack of two and three year old debutants from prominent local stables.   

Dale’s Luzonica is the only raced participant having placed at Canberra at her only run.

Joseph & Jones win the inaugural Federal

Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones continue to rack up the winners and are enjoying easily their best season since forming a training partnership in 2009.

In the last week Croix De Vie took out the inaugural $50,000 “Federal” in Canberra and Almost Court was also dominant winning the Narooma Cup at Moruya.

Co-trainer Paul Jones says the stable were “delighted” when Croix De Vie stormed home to win the Federal by 4.3L off a five month spell.

“I knew he was half a chance but didn’t expect him to win the way he did,” Jones said.

Kiwi Gelding Set For Australian Debut in Moruya

Talented Kiwi five-year-old Director has been set for a first-up win in Australia in the $40,000 Moruya Cup on January 22.

Trainer Brian Court is bringing Director to Australia for the Moruya Cup (1660m) before handing over the gelding to leading Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones.

Joseph and Jones have forged a strong connection with Court, with the Kiwi owner-trainer set to become a regular source of lightly-raced prospects for their stable.

The Federal - Off and running

The first running of The Federal, a $40,000 race at Thoroughbred Park will run tomorrow at 5:15pm.  19 Acceptances, pertaining to a full field of 15 runners will start in the historic event.  
Out of the 15 starters, 14 runners are local.

The announcement by Canberra Racing Club Chairman Paul Meiklejohn in December introduced the exciting new concept for Canberra Thoroughbred racing offering $50,000 in prize money on each of the 25 race programs conducted by the Canberra Racing Club per annum in order to support the training base at Thoroughbred Park.

JOHN SCORSE TIPS FOR Friday 29 December 2017

Race 1 
3 7 6 4

3 - Jindaberra - Super consistent last preparation, placed 7 of 12 runs in stronger maidens than this.  Looks set to break his duck here.
7 - Chandon Kisses - Very competitive in a strong trial back in July. Expect a forward showing on debut. 
6 - Baby Jive - Both runs last prep at the provincials, watch market. 
4 - Zariz No Other - Next best.

Race 2  
2 3 1 5

Good form in 2018 for Canberra

Thoroughbred racing in Canberra enters 2018 in “strong” shape, according to Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs.

2017 delivered many racing highlights in the Capital, but was marred by the tragic deaths of two female track riders — Riharna Thomson and more recently Samara Johnson — deeply affecting all in the industry participants.

Norm Gardner finds his form

Canberra Trainer Norm Gardner Says Metralla Pick Of 3yo’s

The Norm Gardner stable has struck form with a win (Upper House) and three placings (Caccini, Ultraviolet and Trying) from its last four runners — all at Wagga.

Gardner says his three year olds — Upper House, Ultraviolet, and Caccini— have always shown ability, but haven’t always enjoyed the best of fortune.  Upper House broke through for a deserved win at Wagga and Ultraviolet was beaten by the barrier.