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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.

Blue Diamond Winning Team Look to Add a Black Opal to Match

A fantastic list of nominations has been assembled for both main features of the Canberra Carnival, the Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes and the Listed TAB Canberra Cup. “The Club is thrilled with the quality and quantity of the 289 nominations we have received across the two days of the Canberra Carnival.” Canberra Racing Club CEO Andrew Clark stated. 

Snowdens Aim to End Godolphin's Dominance

Canberra’s premier race, the $250,000 Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes consistently attracts some of the best 2-year-olds in the land. Recent winners include superstars of the sport Criterion, Trapeze Artist and Epaulette. The 2020 edition should be no different with many horses seeking the prizemoney that would see them gain a berth in the Golden Slipper two weeks later at Rosehill Gardens.  

Barrier Draw in the City

The barrier draw for both the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes and the TAB Canberra Cup will be held in the city centre adjacent to the Canberra Carousel on Thursday, 5th March from 12pm to 1pm. Owners will be invited to participate in the spectacle that may prove to be decisive in both $250,000 Canberra Carnival features.   

The event will be hosted by local presenter Cam Sullings and include interviews with trainer Barbara Joseph and Jockey Kayla Nisbet. The Club will be offering owners, media and those passing by light refreshments.