Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop Confirmed Runner In The $10 Million Everest

Star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop will contest the $10m The Everest as the Inglis slot representative.

In its inaugural year The Everest will be the world’s richest race on turf when it’s run at Randwick on Saturday October 14.

There are now four confirmed runners in The Everest, of which three are Inglis graduates – Fell Swoop, Chautauqua and She Will Reign.

Premiership Guns Lined Up Canberra Friday

Friday’s Canberra meeting on the Acton Synthetic surface will provide another clue as to the likely winners of the sought-after 2016-17 ACT Trainer and Jockey Premierships.

In the Trainer Premiership Keith Dryden-Scott Collings (22) hold a one win lead over Nick Olive (21) with Matt Dale lurking on (13).

In the Jockey Premiership Matt Cahill (19) has a two win lead over Brendan Ward (17) with a gap to apprentice Brock Ryan (12) and Richard Bensley (10).

At Friday’s meeting Dale and Olive particularly look to have nice chances.

Olive chasing Highway victory

Group 1 winning trainer Nick Olive is chasing his first Highway Handicap win with in-form Murrmaid

The 3yo filly is primed for her third win in a row, after saluting twice in Canberra.  One on the turf and the other on the Acton synthetic

“She is a nice filly and have only had her for the two runs and I really like her” Olive said. “She has worked well during the week and I think she will appreciate the step up to 1500m”

Canberra Trainer Joe Ible — Focus On Quality

The Canberra thoroughbred training complex is home to a crop of exciting young trainers and none more so that Joe Ible.

Ible (27) began his training career in Moruya and 18 months ago took the decision to move to Canberra — following in the footsteps of fellow trainer Luke Pepper.  

“I saw the success that Luke had and it seemed a logical next step,” Ible says. “It’s been fantastic.

“The facilities in Canberra are great and I have had an influx of new clients and grown the stable numbers. So it’s been a very good move for me.”

Single Gaze Seeks Doomben Double

Despite having to carry top weight, Canberra trainer Nick Olive had no hesitation backing up Single Gaze in Saturday’s 2017 Brisbane Cup Group 2 at Doomben.

Single Gaze took out the 2017 Group 2 O’Shea Stakes a week ago and Olive says the mare “pulled up as if she’d just finished a track gallop”.

“She’s thrived since the O’Shea and is going too well to put out.”

Olive says whatever the outcome on Saturday Single Gaze will be given a short spell and be aimed at the Spring features in Melbourne.

Overdane overdue for a win on synthetic in Australia

Synthetic track specialist Overdane, trained by the Joseph & Jones Racing team was welcomed late last year as an overseas import from Hong Kong.  The gelding has won HK $3.7M ($572,000 AUS) on synthetic tracks overseas and was brought to Canberra to take advantage of the Acton track.

With Canberra holding its second race on the synthetic surface tomorrow, again have the opportunity to perform on a synthetic track on Australian soil.

Nominations Point To Another Bumper Meeting On Canberra’s New Synthetic track.

The contenders for the ACT Trainers Premiership have nominated strong teams for Friday’s Canberra meeting on the new Acton synthetic track.

Nick Olive and the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership have each trained twenty winner this season with Matt Dale still in touch with 13.

Dryden-Collings have a strong hand in the BM 65 with both Atlantic Sentinel and Crusader General nominated; with the former looking particularly well-placed.

Hat-trick of Highways

Matt Dale will start Autumn in the TAB Highway at Rosehill on Saturday, and with luck may win his third Highway Handicap in a row.  Autumn, who won first up impressively at Canberra has drawn an awkward barrier, but Dale says she should be competitive. She is looking for more distance, although winning previously over 1200m, the additional 200 metres should suit her.

Canberra Horses invade Doomben

New Synthetic Race Surface Delivers For Canberra Racing

Jockeys and trainers are unanimous in their praise for Canberra’s new Acton synthetic racing surface.

The track was raced on for the first time at Friday’s meeting and Canberra Racing Club CEO Peter Stubbs says the feedback was “outstanding”.

It brought a sigh of relief for the club board and management after taking the decision to develop the track ‘in-house’ using wax and fibres imported from Germany and establishing the mixing plant and track laying maintenance machinery on-site.

Racing Returns to Acton Track today

Today racing returns to the Acton track for the first time since 2013. 

The synthetic surface was replaced in October 2016 and racing will continue on the synthetic surface from late May to early September each year.

The Acton Track is a benefit to racing in Winter for a variety of reasons.  It provides an even surface at a better track rating than what can be expected on turf tracks through the Winter months. Racing on the Acton track also allows time for the turf course proper to be renovated in readiness for Spring racing.

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