Families Enjoy a Plethora of Fun at TAB Canberra Cup Day

The families who ventured to the inaugural running of the TAB Canberra Cup on Canberra Day were treated to a picture-perfect afternoon full of fun. From a helicopter landing to hilarious shows from kids’ entertainers Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows, to the packed free rides, Thoroughbred Park played host to a wide variety of entertainment for all ages.  

Camelot Amusement’s giant slide and turbo chairs proved to be a massive hit between the excitement of live racing. Pony rides and the petting zoo also got quite the workout.  

Mugatoo Good in the TAB Canberra Cup

A devastating turn of foot and a peach of a ride from Kerrin McEvoy was enough to deliver a TAB Canberra Cup to Kris Lees, Australian Bloodstock and Mugatoo (IRE). The imported stayer showed why so many good judges think he is bound for great things. Mugatoo (IRE) is three wins from three starts on Australian Soil and has since firmed into $8 equal favourite for the Group 1 Sydney Cup.  

Snowdens Run the Quinella in 2020 Black Opal Stakes

A protest from third placed Cellsabeel wasn’t enough to deny the Snowden camp their third John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stake on Sunday 8th March 2020. Peter and Paul Snowden’s Barbaric under Kerrin McEvoy outfought stablemate Bartley to score in the $250,000 Group 3 two-year old feature. Barbaric has since firmed into $26 with TAB for the Golden Slipper.  

Monster Crowd Enjoys Picture Perfect Afternoon at Thoroughbred Park

Thousands of happy race goers packed into Thoroughbred Park this Sunday afternoon for John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Day. Canberra’s premier race day saw fantastic racing and fashion in equal measure with the Rodger Bartholomew Fashions on the Field attracting entries from near and far with a record 13 finalists.  

Cracking Canberra Preview by Neil Evans John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Edition

John McGrath Auto Group Group 3 Black Opal Stakes Day

Sunday, 8 March

Track likely Soft 7 and Rail +3m so reasonably on or near the pace early before gradual trend wider


*RACE 1 @ 1.20pm SEEARS WORKWEAR HCP (1200m) - BM 65; Min Weight 54kg & apprentices can claim:


V’Landys Enthrals Black Opal Stakes Luncheon

As is tradition, the Friday preceding the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes played host to the 2020 Carbine Club Racing Luncheon. An event which included an encapsulating discussion with Racing NSW CEO and Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman, Peter V’Landys AM, the luncheon was enjoyed in good spirits by participants and racing-lovers alike.   

Racing and Sports Canberra Racing Preview Sunday 8 March Black Opal Stakes

The rail is out 3m the entire and on Friday afternoon the track was rated a heavy eight with more showers likely. They will likely race away from the rail. Strong and very competitive fields as you would expect. The final composition of the Black Opal will be known after Sydney scratchings on Saturday morning.  


Race 1 (1200m) BM65


Family Focus for the TAB Canberra Cup

The return to a stand-alone day for the TAB Canberra Cup in 2020 coincides with a strong push to induce the next generation into an interest, passion or love of racing. TAB Canberra Cup Day will feature a plethora of free children’s entertainment and activities including show rides, pony rides and an appearance by Canberra Raiders club mascot Victor the Viking. With free entry for under 18’s* the day shapes as an economical and fun-filled day for families.

Barrier Draw Change of Location

Due to forecast possible inclement weather, the Club have decided to move the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes and TAB Canberra Cup Barrier Draws from the City Centre to Thoroughbred Park. The draws will take place on St. Covets Row with connections, participants, fans and media all encouraged to attend.

The Club will be providing complimentary light refreshments including canapes and glasses of bubbles.

The event kicks off at 12pm this Thursday, 5th March.