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

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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.

Sweeney out in front

Kevin Sweeney has launched himself into the lead of the Canberra Jockey's Premiership following his four winners at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.

 The experienced senior hoop dominated the seven race meeting riding winners in four of the six races he was engaged in.

 The most surprising of his wins came in the final race of the meeting when he rode the $21 outsider Moorings Royal to victory by a half-head in a Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1400-metres.

Vale Ted Doon

Ted Doon, one of Australia's best known and most colorful jockeys from the post war years, has died in a Canberra hospital.

 The 84-year-old veteran, who retired from riding when he was in his late 60s, was admitted to hospital in a serious condition earlier in the week after suffering a stroke.

Born in China and raised in Tumut in southern NSW, Doon became one of Sydney's most successful apprentices in the 1940s and earned a reputation as a 'great money rider' for big betting stables.

John Scorse Best Bets for 14 October 2011

John Scorse Best Bets for YouthCARE Canberra Race Day.

Weather: Partly cloudy Min 6 Max 22

Race 1: 11 - 4 - 10

Race 2: 2 - 1 - 4

Race 3: 2 - 9 - 6

Race 4: 1 - 2 - 6

Race 5: 1 - 3 - 4

Race 6: 6 - 2 - 3

Race 7: 4 - 12 - 8

Race 8: 10 - 9 - 12

Winning Post Bar is open to the general public. Snack Food available or purchase a members day pass for $15 and enjoy a delicious roast carvery in the members Black Opal Room for $35.

Rosehill beckons Guymer

Talented apprentice jockey Shaun Guymer will head to Sydney this weekend with almost a full book of rides at Rosehill Gardens.

The young hoop, who has been indentured to Canberra trainer Mark Schmetzer will move to the Kevin Moses stable starting Monday as he looks to consolidate his career in Sydney, after recently losing his country claim.

“Once I lost my claim it was pretty hard and the rides started to dry up a little bit so I had to look at other options,” said Guymer.

Course Proper - the proper return!

Racing will return to the course proper at Canberra this Friday after a successful winter season on the Acton Synthetic track.

The eight race programme has brought strong acceptances of local and non local horses and is sure to be a very competitive days racing.

The first meeting on the course proper was scheduled for two weeks ago but an explosion and fire in the surrounding area caused the meeting to be called off.

The feature event on the programme will be the Grahame Bugden Golf Benchmark 75 Handicap which is to be run over 1200 metres.

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