Racing at Canberra is never short of that ‘something’ and on Sunday evening the continual rain made for a cold wet night of racing which despite the weather produced some sensational results.
The first event saw the boat rocked early with long odds on favourite Cawbourne Hails missing the kick and allowing Daytona Norbert for Geoff Stafford to open up and in 25.67 ahead of the favourite, True Octane in third.
In a tight affair in the second Stephen Wadick’s Highland Rain broke her Maiden beating Shady Gold Lara by a neck, Sheeba Coluda coming in third.
771 metre Superstayers are as rare as hen’s teeth but always produce something when they happen.
The Ready 4 Plumbing Superstayers seeing Gold Slammer jump second and position behind early leader Top Class Angel before taking off down the back and kicking away to secure the 9 ½ length win for James McFarlane, Kite Street rattling home late over Whip It Up to take second in the minor placings.
Cawbourne Sienna opened Jodie Gilbert’s account in the fourth event, Buddha’s Girl coming late missing out by a half head, Highland Zac rounding out the placings.
Walkaway Freddy continued his good Canberra form taking out the Anytime Fitness 4/5th Grade over Murray Var Flyer and Trimtex, the blue brindle dog paying up to $2.70 with NSW TAB.
The second winner for the Gilbert camp coming in race six when Cool Aussie held on from kennelmate Teeny Tiny who was flashing home in a smart 25.33 on a rain affected track.
The joys of racing struck in race seven when Wayne Bradley trained Questy took out the 5th grade 600 event, paying $12.40, sadly connections had not taken the odds on offer settling for the prizemoney.
Blue Sky Blues finishing in second and dead heat for third between Morgo’s Princess and Vapour.
Feature Final of the evening going to Rockarena who offered the largest dividend of the evening in $15, the black bitch coming from four back to beat Calm Suits Ya and Rocky Crossin’ in the very classy 0-1win final.
Cracker Can making it a running double for trainer Kevin Mahoney taking out the ninth 6 ½ lengths clear of Lagoon Swank and Surfin On in 31.18.
John Thorpe trained Roughead took out the penultimate in 30.91, a best of the night performance, Mischeif Pete a good performance for second with Cardio Fantasy coming third.
The final event seeing the placing hoodoo on the McFarlane kennels broken when Mancunian Kool jumped beautifully to lead all the way and clock 25.34 beating Cawbourne Texas and Sweet Rayah.
All continues Sunday in the lead up to the Canberra Cup.