Outstanding nominations have been received for this Sunday’s Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes. The $250,000 Listed Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes has attracted 31 nominations which makes for an interesting scenario when acceptances close at 11am on Thursday.
John Scorse’s Best Bets for Sunday 27 February
1:35pm Race 1: 7 - 9 - 10
Race 2: 8 - 3 - 4
Race 3: 3 - 11 - 4
Race 4: 2 - 10 - 7
Race 5: 5 - 8 - 6
Race 6: 7 - 3 - 6
Race 7: 2 - 1 - 7
Current weather forecast for Sunday - Cloudy. Light winds Min 15 Max 29
Talented galloper He's In Demand will make his long awaited return to racing after suffering tendon problems when lining up in Monday's Benchmark 70 (1000m) on his home track at Canberra.
Trainer Mark Schmetzer has taken the long road with the now seven-year old gelding giving him plenty of time to recover and find fitness before returning to the races with Schmetzer confident it's time to hit the go button.
Canberra trainer Mick Miladinovic will make a rare visit to Orange on Friday with talented but enigmatic brothers Sacred Serb and Princip.
The sons of Nuclear Freeze are the latest foals to race from handy producing mare Sacred Halo whose claim to fame was Miladinovic's former top class galloper Century Cerb who was only recently retired to the spelling paddock.
By: Alex Steedman
Sunday’s $200,000 Listed CanPrint Canberra Cup (2000m) has attracted an impressive 32 nominations which include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Group 1 winner Rock Kingdom plus a number of other Group and Stakes performed gallopers.
Waterhouse will be striving to claim her fifth Canberra Cup with Rock Kingdom who goes into Sunday’s $200,000 CanPrint Canberra Cup (2000m) at Thoroughbred Park following his latest Melbourne Spring campaign.
By Simon Dinopoulos
The Sydney combination of Gai Waterhouse and Nash Rawiller looks set to contest this year’s Canberra Cup, with the Group 1 winning trainer indicating they could have multiple nominations in the feature race.
Six – year old Stratofortress looks poised to be a leading contender in the listed race after its impressive barrier trial win at Randwick on Friday.
After taking out the Newcastle Cup in September, the son of Stravinsky has only had a slight let up since, and will be looking to continue on from his good form.
Speedy customer Murphy's Prospect will be out to put a last start failure behind him when looking perfectly placed in Saturday's Class 2 1000m at Gundagai.
The Murphy's Blue Boy four-year old was super impressive when winning his maiden at Queanbeyan by five lengths before starting a warm favourite at Goulburn when finishing a slightly disappointing fourth beaten three lengths with trainer Matt Dale aware of what went wrong.
Last seasons leading Canberra trainer Nick Olive and premiership winning jockey Brendan Ward continued their domination of Canberra racing both notching up trebles in the Friday meeting.
Olive went into the meeting with several leading chances and didn't let supporters down striking early with progressive mare Pray To God with Ward in the saddle before having to wait until race six to notch up the double with the lightly raced Fullerton, Ward again doing the steering.
Whipp On The Move
South Coast trainer Greg Whipp has recently relocated to Canberra and will switch his horses to the care of leading trainer Len Hodgson.
Whipp was offered a job in the nations capital that was too good to refuse and has already commenced work for a local builder as a carpenter leaving him to take a smaller role in the training of his smart gelding Bengello.
Whipp, who is the older brother to successful jockey Jessie said he had no problems switching Bengello to Hodgson but would still play a role in the horses future.
By: Alex Steedman
The stable of new training partnership Barbara Joseph and son Paul Jones will be out in force at Thoroughbred Park on Friday with the annual event also playing host to guest speaker Joe Janiak.
With acceptances to be released tomorrow, the fledgling mother and son training partnership of Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones could have as many as 14 runners taking their place across the eight race card to be conducted at Thoroughbred Park.