• John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day

    Sunday, 7 March 2021
    Gates open from with local racing time.

John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes

Gates open at
with local racing from

The Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes is day one of the Canberra Carnival. The Canberra Carnival will include the prestigious Black Opal Stakes Race Day on Sunday followed by the newly introduced, family-focused Canberra Cup Day on Monday.

The first Black Opal Stakes in 1973 was won by Rich Reward. The race meeting is one of the more important Autumn race days on the calendar for 2yo's. The Black Opal Stakes program includes; the $250,000 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (Group 3),  $130,000 National Sprint (Listed) and the Affinity Constructions $80,000 Open Sprint.


Ticketing Information


Function Packages for the 2021 Canberra Carnival can be viewed at the link below. A Members only booking period exists until 5pm Wednesday 13 January 2021 with bookings open to the General Public at 9am Thursday 14 January 2021. 

Please call (02) 6204 0000 to book.


2021 Canberra Carnival Function Packages

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