• John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day

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

John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes

Gates open at
with local racing from

Held on the Sunday of the Canberra Day long-weekend, the Jewel of Canberra racing, the Group 3 $250,000 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes headlines an action packed day full of fashion, celebration & fun.

Featuring the Fenway Public House Fashions on the Field Grand Final, roving entertainers, DJs & the excitement of live racing, John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day is Canberra's social event of the year.

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.

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Bookings for the 2021 Canberra Carnival have now closed. 

John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day is  sold out across the venue while limited general admission tickets remain available for TAB Canberra Cup Day.

For both days of the Canberra Carnival Members receive automatic entry with their membership card while Owners of horses racing on the day will receive complimentary entry for themselves and a guest.

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Thoroughbred Park, home of the Canberra Racing Club, races 25 times per year and includes the TAB Melbourne Cup Race Day, John McGrath Auto Group Canberra Black Opal Stakes and TAB Canberra Cup.

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