Cocktail party the jewel event in lead up to Opal

Owners of racehorses and Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be among Canberra’s whose who at one of the upcoming pre-celebrations of Canberra racing’s event of the year.

On Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm the elite Mercedes-Benz showroom in Fyshwick will celebrate the impending Black Opal Stakes with a lavish cocktail party. Among the guests will include recently named sponsors from Singapore Airlines and Canberra Casino as well as of cials, racing ambassadors and socialites.

The $5000 trophy and black opal pendant will be on display in the showroom throughout the evening.

John Singleton To Keynote At Pre-Black Opal Autumn Luncheon

The build-up continues for the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes Day — Canberra’s premier race meeting.   The Canberra Racing Club has announced that businessman and race horse owner and breeder John Singleton will be the keynote speaker at the Thoroughbred Club of Australia Annual Autumn Luncheon to be held at Thoroughbred Park on 3 March 2017.  

 

SINGAPORE AIRLINES PARTNERS WITH CANBERRA’S BIGGEST DAY

The Canberra Racing Club have announced their partnership today with the world’s most awarded airline, Singapore Airlines.

For the next three years Canberra’s only international airline will become the naming rights sponsor of the Camarena Quality Handicap over 1000m held on Canberra’s biggest race day, the Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes, Sunday 5 March.

John Singleton A.O. to headline Autumn Luncheon

John Singleton, business man and racing fantatic has been announced as the keynote speaker at The Thoroughbred Club of Australia (Canberra Branch) Annual Autumn Luncheon to be held on 3 March in Canberra. Previously Alan Jones was announced as special guest however has had to withdraw due to medical reasons.

Now in its third year, the event has quickly grown to become a highlight of racing’s social calendar, with previous events all selling out, attracting the likes of Gai Waterhouse and Gerry Harvey as speakers.

Single Gaze And Fell Swoop Trial Canberra Friday

Canberra's two best gallopers will line up against each other in Friday's 900m Open trial at Canberra.

Group 1 winning Canberra mare Single Gaze and high-class sprinter Fell Swoop are both preparing for Autumn campaigns. 

Trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze’s autumn programme will be finalised following the test.

Single Gaze had her first trial 11 days ago at Canberra and impressed with race-rider Kathy O’Hara in the saddle.

Canberra Cup Target For Murraguldrie

Capricorn Park- trained Murraguldrie remains Canberra Cup bound following his big win in Friday’s $50,000 Bathurst Cup (1800m). 

Murraguldrie ($3) was last on turning and powered down the outside to beat equal favourite Red Dubai and Uncle Sugar. 

 

It was Murraguldrie’s second win this preparation having saluted on 28 December in a BM67 at Warwick Farm   

 

Trainer Rob Potter has always had an opinion of the Zariz gelding but has had to nurse him through a number of leg injuries. 

 

Single Gaze 'Awesome' In Canberra Trial

A decision will be made shortly on the autumn programme for Group 1 winning Canberra mare Single Gaze.

Single Gaze confirmed she was back in career-best order with a dominant win in Friday’s Open trial at Thoroughbred Park.

Allowed to settle early, Single Gaze worked around them and cruised to the line untouched.

Trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze has never trialled better; a sentiment echoed by jockey Kathy O’Hara who came from Sydney to ride.

Black Opal Countdown

The countdown is well and truly on for Canberra’s premier race — the Mercedes Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes on Sunday 5 March 2017.

There are four feature races on ‘Super Sunday’ with almost $900,000 in prize money offered across the eight race program.

Prize money for the Group 3 Black Opal has been lifted to $300,000 making it an even more attractive target for youngsters looking to qualify for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes for 2yos — to be held two weeks later.

Magic Millions Quartet For Canberra

 At least four Magic Million yearlings will be making their way to Canberra.

The 2017 Magic Millions Sales conclude today Tuesday) at the Gold Coast with 55 further lots up for sale in the Book 3 Catalogue.

Leading Canberra trainers, Nick Olive and Matt Dale, both purchased two horses from the Book 1 and 2 Catalogues.

Olive paid $150,000 for a colt by Yarraman Park sire Hinchinbrook out of a Strategic mare. He was one of 28 Hinchinbrook’s sold from Books 1 and 2.

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