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COVID-19 Update 8 August 2020

Any person (including Essential Personnel) that resides in Victoria or has travelled to Victoria (irrespective of whether a work permit has been issued) may attend Thoroughbred Park only after they complete a period of 14 days self-isolation in NSW away from a racecourse or licensed premises. Such persons must contact Racing NSW Stewards at the commencement of their self-isolation and provide location where they will self-isolate and date of commencement.

COVID – 19 Update

The Canberra Racing Club is relying on expert advice from reliable sources, and will respond calmly and thoughtfully as a Club to minimise health impacts and maximise the capacity of our health services to support those most in need. All decisions will be made with the best interests of the Community, the Racing Industry and our Staff first and foremost in our mind.  

Access to Thoroughbred Park


Access to Thoroughbred race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork (including access to licensed training stables) at Thoroughbred Park will not be open to the public (including owners), effective immediately and until further notice.

Aussie Nightmarkets Cancelled

The Canberra Racing Club in accordance with recent advise from government and in the interest of public health has made the decision to cancel this weekend's Aussie Nightmarkets.

The Club is dedicated to the best interests of the community and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Canberra Racing — Black Opal Stakes and Cup Day Wrap-Ups

The Canberra Racing Club would be delighted with the success of its first two-day Black Opal carnival program. High quality gallopers from leading Sydney yards were drawn to the four feature races, with the cream rising to the top.


The weather gods were kind both days and the track played right up to the occasion. Attendances, especially on Black Opal day, were excellent. The Canberra hospitality industry lauded the much needed boost for local business and the economy generally.


Canberra Carnival a Hit with the Community

The two distinct days of the Canberra Carnival delivered a rich race day experience for over 10,000 attendees. The move to a two-day Carnival was spurred by a desire to enhance the Canberra Day long weekend, boosting tourism and keeping Canberrans local. An IER report indicated that the move to two-days would increase the economic impact of the weekend from $425,591 to more than double that, $861,667. A significant boost to the Canberra community. 

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.