Gerry Harvey Keynote At Black Opal Stakes Luncheon

Racing owner and entrepreneur Gerry Harvey is guest speaker at Thursday’s Thoroughbred Club of Australia luncheon in Canberra.

The annual luncheon is held as a prelude to Sunday’s Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes — the Capital’s premier race day.

The luncheon continues to grow in popularity. In 2015 there were 187 attendees who were thoroughly entertained by leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse. And 240 will attend Thursday’s event.

The lunch includes a 4 course degustation luncheon prepared by Thoroughbred Park’s in-house caterers matched with Penfolds wines.

After the luncheon guests will be invited to inspect the high quality Deck Marquee which is a sell out for the Black Opal Stakes on Sunday.

Gerry Harvey is the owner of the Magic Millions Thoroughbred Sales Company and recognised as one of the most prolific owner of Thoroughbred horses in Australia.

More than 25 Magic Millions sales are held annually, including yearling sales, breeding stock sales and two-year-olds in training sales at the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Launceston.

The flagship yearling sale held at the Gold Coast in January attracts both national and international buyers.

Mr Harvey is also the owner of Baramul Stud in the Hunter Valley and a member of the syndicate who own the internationally renowned Vinery Stud which stands champion Stallions More Than Ready and Testa Rossa — and the champion race horse All Too Hard whose first crop are now 2 year olds.

Sunday’s Black Opal Stakes meeting 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 $125,000 Listed National Sprint Quality Handicap (1400m).