By: Alex Steedman
Sunday’s Black Opal Stakes meeting at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park will be hotly contested with final fields released on Thursday revealing capacity line-ups for a majority of races.
20 juveniles remain in contention for the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) with the feature event attracting a capacity field of 14 with six emergencies.
Notable entries include metropolitan performed youngsters such as Sidestep, Criterion, Shadowofyoursmile and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Mr Jackman.
All of the above mentioned horses with the exception of Criterion have drawn well if the removal of six emergencies are taken into consideration.
The ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) will be contested by 13 runners with weights in the field compressed with confirmation Niwot will take his place in the event.
Team Hawkes’ 2012 Sydney Cup winner will carry 60kg second up after running a respectable sixth behind stablemate All Too Hard in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last start.
He will be joined by another Group 1 winner in the form of Anthony Cummings-trained Shadows In The Sun.
Gai Waterhouse will bring Group winner Fast Clip.
2012 Wagga Cup winner Coliseo and up and coming type Asclepius spearhead the local charge.
The Listed National Sprint wraps up proceedings at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday which looks to be the best chance of a local trainer enjoying a feature success throughout the bumper program.
Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones saddle up stable stars Fill The Page and Onthelookout.
The pair look well suited in the event each carrying light weights with Chris Waller’s Riva De Lago compressing the weights.
Riva De Lago is also entered for the Liverpool City Cup at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Onthelookout ran second in the 2012 renewal of the National Sprint while Fill The Page took out the 2012 Canberra Cup (2000m).
Overall, there are 132 acceptors across the eight races to be conducted at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday with the first of the program scheduled to jump at 1.10pm.