As the rain tumbled down, an 11 race card went full steam ahead while Australia counted down to the Golden Easter Egg Final.
On a water soaked track Fred Malone and Mark Scholes’ Facial was the pick of the bunch, scoring its favoured outside draw the 30.66 run ahead of last start winner Licence To Dance and Hills of Breffni put the White and Blue dog in good form prior to it’s 600 win at Richmond on Monday afternoon.
Returning to Australia Magic City was quick to return to the good form it had prior to leaving last August, the black bitch winning in 30.79 over a strong finishing Irinka Bronte and Cold Casey in the non grade 530.
Cootamundra trainers Terry and Thelma O’Keefe picking up a double for the evening Terry’s Elite and Amber’s Osti securing good wins at reasonable odds for connections.
Feature event of the evening went to Ken Staines trained Border Patrol, with owner Bernie Pillar on course to accept the accolades.
The final win making it the third consecutive win since taking up residence in the Jerrawa kennels.
Early wins went to the newly formed Syndicate ‘Can Punt’ with Teddy Two Bucks taking the opening event.
Jumping from the two the Go Wild Teddy x Token Money black dog was able to hold at the first turn before kicking on to win to loud applause.
Gaining a start from box 1, Flying Deb took out the second, a nice turn around for trainer Trevor Peck, just holding on by a neck over Sarah’s Legend and Brad’s Rocket.
Bruce Peck’s Cyclone Joey took out race 3 as all the children on course prepared to go egg hunting, the run along the rails ensuring the Margaret O’Rourke owned dog got the prize.
Jason Platts picked up the quinella in the fourth with Top Class Angel finally breaking her Maiden ahead of kennel mate and sister Night Eater, Galba Barry rounding out the placings.
In a smart non grade sprint Miami Lock returned to form pinching the win from Ricky Ross and Cawbourne Kerry who made her debut in Australia after a successful New Zealand career, Miami Lock also giving Bruce Peck a double for the night.
Rosey’s Bond claiming the best of the night over the 440’s, starting from the pink she was able to sweep around the pack through the pen and take the lead in the back stopping the clock at 25.86.
Canberra returns to Sunday SKY this week before the Social Club trophy meeting ANZAC weekend.