2016-17 ACT Jockey and Trainers Premierships — Tight Contests

With less than five months to go in the 2016-17 racing season, Matt Cahill leads Brendan Ward by two wins in the ACT jockey premiership.

Cahill (14) and Ward (12) just head apprentice Brock Ryan (10) with a three win gap to the next contenders.

Ryan has steadily improved his standing and is striking at 19% in the capital and has been a punters pal securing followers a 100% profit on turnover.

Single Gaze All Set For Saturday’s 2017 Coolmore Classic

Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze has pleased the stable since her first-up run and will go into Saturdays Group 1 2017 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in tip-top condition.

Olive says Single Gaze did everything that could have been asked of her resuming over 1300m in the 2017 Group 2 Millie Fox and the longer trip suits.

Single Gaze had trialled very well at Canberra prior behind Matt Dale–trained sprinter Fell Swoop.

The Passing of Riharna Thomson

The Canberra Racing Club is deeply saddened to advise that Riharna Thomson passed away this morning from injuries sustained in a tragic accident on Tuesday morning whilst riding a horse in track work at Thoroughbred Park.

Riharna was a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride track work and was recently promoted to the position of Stable Foreman. She was a young and enthusiastic horse lover who was well respected and loved amongst the local stable fraternity.

CLUB STATEMENT REGARDING RIHARNA THOMSON

The Canberra Racing Club is deeply saddened that Riharna Thomson remains on life support in a critical condition following a tragic accident on Tuesday morning whilst riding a horse in track work at Thoroughbred Park. Riharna is a dedicated track rider rising early every morning to ride track work and was recently promoted to the position of Stable Foreman. She is a young and enthusiastic horse lover who is well respected and loved amongst the local stable fraternity.

Houtzen and Menari head Black Opal Nominations

Twenty two nominations have been received for Sunday’s $300,000 Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes (1200m).

 

Many are strong fancies for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes to be run at Rosehill two weeks later.

 

These include the flying Queenslander Houtzen who is currently on the second-line of Slipper betting at $8.0 and Gerald Ryan’s Menari ($8.50) and Chauffeur ($16.0).

 

The Peter and Paul Snowden yard have three entered, Kahn, Invader and Gunnison.

 

Four Victorian Nominations For Sunday’s Canberra Cup

Four Victorian stables have nominated runners for Sunday’s $200,000 TAB.com.au Canberra Cup (2000m).

 

They are Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Cool Chap, Cindy Alderson’s O’Lonero, Survived from the Archie Alexander stable and Red Alto — Paul Banks.   

 

Twenty-two nominations have been received for the Cup including last start winners Classic Uniform (Gary Moore) and Dark Eyes (Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bolt).

 

Cocktail party the jewel event in lead up to Opal

Owners of racehorses and Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be among Canberra’s whose who at one of the upcoming pre-celebrations of Canberra racing’s event of the year.

On Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm the elite Mercedes-Benz showroom in Fyshwick will celebrate the impending Black Opal Stakes with a lavish cocktail party. Among the guests will include recently named sponsors from Singapore Airlines and Canberra Casino as well as of cials, racing ambassadors and socialites.

The $5000 trophy and black opal pendant will be on display in the showroom throughout the evening.

John Singleton To Keynote At Pre-Black Opal Autumn Luncheon

The build-up continues for the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes Day — Canberra’s premier race meeting.   The Canberra Racing Club has announced that businessman and race horse owner and breeder John Singleton will be the keynote speaker at the Thoroughbred Club of Australia Annual Autumn Luncheon to be held at Thoroughbred Park on 3 March 2017.  

 

SINGAPORE AIRLINES PARTNERS WITH CANBERRA’S BIGGEST DAY

The Canberra Racing Club have announced their partnership today with the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines.

For the next three years Canberra’s only international airline will become the naming rights sponsor of the Camarena Quality Handicap over 1000m held on Canberra’s biggest race day, the Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes, Sunday 5 March.

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