Black Opal Hopes Present In Sunday’s Lightning Ridge Stakes

 It is the Lightning Ridge Stakes at Canberra on Sunday and that means Black Opal Stakes Day is just around the corner.

The Black Opal meeting on Sunday 6 March is jammed full of features including the $275,000 Group 3 Mercedes Benz Black Opal Stakes run over 1200m for 2 year olds.

The support events include the $200,000 Listed Canberra Cup (2000m); the $125,000 Canberra Guineas (1400m) for 3 year olds; and the Listed National Sprint Quality Handicap (1400m).

Nominations for the meeting close on 1 March.

On Sunday 15 runners have accepted for the Black Opal lead-up, the $30,000 Affinity Electrical Technologies Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate (1000m) with the winner exempt from ballot for the Black Opal.

The Joe Pride-trained Kentucky Miss is an early scratching for the event leaving one emergency.

Six of the runners will face the starter for the first time including the Bjorn Baker-trained Ubatuba; Gerald Ryan’s Deodara and Super Too from the Marc Conners yard.  

There is one last start winner in the line-up, Fox Tales from the Nick Olive stable, who showed promise delivering on a slow Canberra surface with Brendan Ward riding — and he keeps the mount on Sunday.  

The Foxwedge colt came into that event off an Albury trial win.

Ubatuba has trialled at Warwick Farm and Randwick winning both and is sure to be fancied on debut.

Super Too also has impressive trial form

The John Sargent-trained Credible Witness had strong backing resuming at Warwick Farm and is sure to be improved. Sydney-based NZ hoop Rory Hutchings will be in Canberra to ride.