With just two weeks until the Group 3 Climate Doctor Canberra Cup heats racing in the Nation’s Capital was at it’s near best on Sunday evening as Ian and Lisa McFarlane stole the show picking up a treble from the 11 race card.
The Jerrawa team struck early with Choc Magic picking up the first, the syndicate of owners new comers to the game and thoroughly enjoying the thrill of winning.
Midnight Theory making it a running double recording a smart 7.67 first split, 17.96 overall.
The third event looked as though the team had struck again when True Octane lunged on the line, however Izmir’s Honour who had put in the hard work early managed to hold on by a nose in 25.68, Ian and Lisa taking out 2nd & 3rd.
Some minor placings filling the time, before Release picked up for her second career win in the eleventh, winning in 30.78 ahead of Big Cool Magic and Vallee Temple.
Despite the small field the non grade 530 metre event set the stage for the Cup prelude next week, Victorian Uno Kissy for Kevin Eyles holding out Sutton Tiger by half a head, Cee Four rattling home for third.
Timing his run for the September support event, the Anytime Fitness Cannonball, Walkaway Freddy looks to have returned to his stellar form recording best of the night 17.87, with a smart 7.62 first mark.
The blue brindle dog was able to head favourite It’s A Chance at the first turn and kick away by 2 ¾ lengths, All Black Matt finishing in third.
In one of the most even fifth grades in recent weeks, the ACTTAB dash for cash went to Walkabout Jill, for Jason Cameron, who was able to lead and despite pressure from Murray Var Flyer in the home straight, hold on, paying $6 for connection in NSW.
Jodie Gilbert trained Sticky Boots returned to the Canberra 440metre traps with great success in the sixth event. The white and black dog able to take up the running down the back to kick away and post an impressive 25.41, 4 ½ lengths clear of War Machine, Gypsy Pepper rounding out the minors.
The feature final of the evening went the way of Terry & Thelma O’Keefe’s Osti’s Grace the black bitch was able to sit behind Summarise who set the early tempo, before Grace made her move at the home turn, beating Summarise by a length, 3 lengths back to Cawbourne Elvis in 17.92.
After setting a PB last week, Bradman’s Willow was again on a mission on Sunday evening, improving again to lead all the way and hold out a strong finishing Cool Aussie by half a head in 25.54, Plugger Banquet coming in third.
Having to wait until the final event, it was well worth it for Sutton trainer Leon Jakobasic whose 35kg black dog was able to storm home over March Maiden in a best of the night performance of 30.60.
This weekend’s Prelude will set the stage for the Canberra Cup heats on Sunday 6th September, a series the club is very much looking forward to, we hope you will be a part of that racing action.