You're Canny Thriving in Retirement

Spoilt and loved is how Canberra’s last Black Opal Stakes winner has spent his days in retirement.

Sent out as an outsider against boom filly Karuta Queen, You’re Canny produced a “massive boilover” which made the race caller cry “You’re kidding!” in the 2011 Black Opal Stakes. It was a feeling which long-time owner Glenis Trevaskis said has been unrivalled during her time in racing.

“Oh my goodness, I don’t think I could ever put the feeling into words” Trevaskis reminisced.

Stars amongst Opal and Cup Nominations

A strong contingent of two-year-olds have nominated for this weekend’s 2021 Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (1200m). Full sibling to 2018 Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, Remarque trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes is currently a $13 chance with TAB to replicate the exploits of his champion sister. Remarque headlines a great group of nominations with includes the Silver Slipper quinella in Chris Waller’s Home Affair and the Wagga trained Rocket Tiger.

Crowds for Canberra Carnival increased for Members and Owners

The Canberra Racing Club is delighted to announce that a further 1,000 patrons will now be able to attend each day of the Canberra Carnival this Canberra Day long-weekend. This afternoon the Club received notification from ACT Health that up to 3,000 patrons can attend both the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes on Sunday 7 March and TAB Canberra Cup Day on Monday 8 March.

The extension will see Canberra Racing Club members and owners of horses racing at the meeting welcomed into the grounds with Members receiving automatic entry with their membership card.

Molly Nails the Canberra Guineas Preview

The Casino Canberra Canberra Guineas Preview gave the punters a great appetiser for Canberra’s premier 3-year-old race on TAB Canberra Cup Day, Monday 8th March. The $150,000 Listed Iron Jack Canberra Guineas will as always attract strong Sydney talent including the already qualified Yaletown. From the Waterhouse & Bott yard who strike at over 28% this season at Thoroughbred Park, Yaletown is a Vancouver gelding on the up.

Cocktail Party launches the 2021 Canberra Carnival

The beautiful Mercedes-Benz Showroom last night hosted the official launch of the Canberra Carnival, the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Cocktail Party. As the sun set, the crowd heard from Canberra Racing Club Chairman Tim Olive who thanked John McGrath Auto Group for their support as major sponsor of the Black Opal Stakes since 2016 as well as other Club sponsors in attendance.

Ruthless Agent through to the Seears Workwear National Sprint

Goulburn Trainer Kurt Goldman had a day to remember at Thoroughbred Park last Friday with a double including the TAB Federal National Sprint Preview. Goldman’s Ruthless Agent scored by half a length under Brock Ryan beating home a fast finishing Mookareena. The 7-year-old gelding settled mid-field before making a decisive move before the 400m. Once he found clear air, a superior sprint saw him victorious in the contest over 1200m.

Canberra Racing Review — Friday 19 February

The rail was back in the true position and raced a Good 4. It was a terrific Canberra program highlighted by dominant wins by Pretty Woman in the Black Opal Preview and Outback Diva in the $150,000 Canberra Mile.


Training honours to Matt Dale with a double and a close second. It was also a good day for Edward Cummings who got a $19 winner and two seconds, also at decent value.


Blaike McDougall and Chad Lever both rode doubles.



Race 1 (1300m) CL1


Outback Diva could tackle the Capital City’s Cup

The pocket-sized Outback Diva produced a devastating sprint to run away from the field in the second running of the Affinity Electrical Technologies Canberra Mile at Thoroughbred Park. Outback Diva along with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s Entente are now exempt from the TAB Canberra Cup ballot after finishing first and second in Friday’s feature.

Canberra Horses to go the Extra Mile

The second running of the Affinity Electrical Technologies Canberra Mile has attracted a class field of talented local gallopers and strong City raiders. Leading the local brigade in the headline race of the day is Matthew Dale’s vastly talented Sausedge who will be looking to break through after what has been an up and down preparation.

“She has been up for a while and I think most would agree she raced without luck early in her preparation” Matthew Dale said. “But the way she races, she does need luck”.