Saturday 23 March


A horror start for favourite punters. The money kept coming for the Kurt Goldman-trained LOVE ME BROKE and he started at the prohibitive odds of $1.45.  The colt was slow off and sat back off a hectic charge up front but ran-in badly when asked for an effort before finishing it off okay. He has to trial to the satisfaction of stewards before racing again and the stable advised that it intends to apply the blinkers for the next outing.

Saturday Race Meeting Preview

The rail is out 6m the 1000m-350m and 3m the remainder.

The track was rated a Good 4 late in the week with a few showers possible on Friday and Saturday.  

Large competitive fields abound including in the $40,000 TAB Federal.

Race 1: Canberra Toyota Maiden (1000m)

EQUUS Club - New initiative from the Canberra Racing Club

The Canberra Racing Club has today announced a new strategy for businesses to become involved in the industry.  The EQUUS Club is an exclusive club for a maximum of 50 members only.


$2,500 + GST makes you an exclusive member for 2019/2020 financial year

Random sponsorship selection of one race on selected race days per financial year which includes a half page ad in
the race book

Black Opal Review

The track played beautifully for Canberra’s premier Black Opal Race Day in front of a bumper crowd.

The Black Opal Stakes

The field fell away to just seven runners for the feature, the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes, but it developed into a keen betting affair with Rome the easing $2.80 favourite.

The money came for the James Cummings-trained PIN SEC resuming off a Randwick Maiden win and she duly saluted in style.  

Canberra Cup celebrates its 80th year

The Canberra Cup will celebrate its 80th anniversary on John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes day this Sunday and the trophy will be delivered to the Mounting Yard via a horse drawn carriage, not dissimilar to a royal entry by the Queen at Ascot.

The Canberra Cup, valued at $200,000 in prize money is a Listed race run over 2000m.

Impressive nominations for Canberra's premier event

The nominations for the 4 major races on John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes are out with some impressive blue bloods and trainers included.  With total prize money on offer of over $900,000, the big names from metro stables as well as some handy runners from the locals are predominant.

From the Waterhouse/Bott stables, winner of the Black Opal Preview Bellevue Hill is exempt from ballot  and is second favourite with the TAB at $4 behind favourite Bivouac from the Godolphin yard at $3. 

Race day review - Affinity Electrical Technologies Black Opal Preview Day

A couple of minor upsets, but generally punters were on the mark at Friday’s Black Opal Preview meeting at Canberra, where some impressive efforts were recorded.

None were better than BELLEVUE HILL who blitzed the 2yo’s in the Black Opal Preview over 1000m.

The Waterhouse-Bott-trained Pierro colt held the rail and was pressured to the turn by ZELAGO, but once they straightened he put a space in them winning by 5.1L and was strong to the line.

The money came for Bellevue Hill ($3.4F) off two solid trials and he will be even better over further.