With the cool change coming at the right time, Canberra returned to racing in perfect style on Sunday, with Cowra trainer Rodney McDonald the only trainer to pick up a double.
McDonald opening his account with Dana Tee, who took out the Run’s House dash for cash in 17.86, before Dana George offered big overs with the TAB’s paying upwards of $10.50 after winning the second Most Awesome Novice Heat.
Denice Warren trained Licence To Dance the other heat winner, putting in a 30.88 personal best to progress to this week’s final worth $1,200 plus a straw thanks to Warren Laws and Journey Park.
Joe and Diedre Jenkin’s Fast & Pure opened the meeting taking out the Maiden 310 event, giving the long time club members a great start to 2009.
Walkaway Freddy secured best of the night privileges over the shorts, scoring a sizzling 17.66 win, six and half lengths clear of Highland Zac, Forget It rounding out the placings.
The third event saw a battle of the first starters in the home straight, Bruce Peck’s Cool Front prevailing over Lorraine Roy’s Bradman’s Willow, the Big Daddy Cool x Springvale Honey dog paying $10 in the ACT.
In the Eiffella Stayers Stakes went the way of odds on favourite Jumpin’ Canary, $1.50 the bets odd available as the class runner streaked 7 lengths clear of the field to record the 34.87 win.
Nekia Country secured a sound win for Vicki Prest in the eighth event, ahead of a fast finishing Cold Casey, early leader Tooraloo rounding out the placings in the 25.68 race.
Rose Birrell’s Blue Bijoou made hard work of it’s win giving up the lead to Medium Pace before kicking again in the final strides to claim the closest finishing race of the night, three quarters of a length to Medium Pace a neck to Dark Cavalier who finish in third.
The final event of the night going to another short priced favourite in It’s A Chance for Lorraine Roy.
It was Paul Hannaford’s Buck’s Bunny who was off and gone early but the Collision x Aziz Osti bitch was able to make a clear run at the leader to take out the last ahead of Buck’s Bunny and Plugger Banquet.
All the racing action continues again this week, check out the website for upcoming events and we hope to see you at Canberra soon.