Lucky Raquie Sweeps Home To Claim Black Opal

A well timed run from Glyn Schofield has seen Gerald Ryan collect his second Seppelt Black Opal Stakes with well bred filly Lucky Raquie sweeping home to salute in the feature event.

Having showed good ability when finishing third on debut in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes the daughter of Encosta De Lago proceeded to struggle in the heavy conditions when resuming in the Widden Stakes last start.

Adamant Lucky Raquie  would bounce back on firmer footing, she showed a sharp return to form and reaffirmed Ryan’s early high opinion of his filly.

Rose Of Falvelon Claims Camarena

The stellar run of local gallopers has continued at Canberra with Rose Of Falvelon claiming a hotly contested Camarena Handicap over 1000m.

The Nick Olive mare narrowly held out Sydney galloper Agent, giving the stable a second-straight win on the Super Sunday card. Fellow local You’re Kidding Me fleshed out the minor placings while star Queanbeyan filly Oh So Adorable managed fifth after a torrid run throughout.

Rose Of Falvelon  came into the race off a Friday night flop at Canterbury two weeks ago, but Olive never wavered in aiming up in a strong Camarena.

Jacquinot Bay Wins Canberra Cup

Jacquinot Bay has taken out the 2014 ACTTAB Canberra Cup with a grinding win over the gallant Honourable Aussie.

After solid displays in both the Might And Power and Parramatta Cups, Jacquinot Bay went into Sunday’s $200,000 Canberra Cup well fancied.

Settled fourth by jockey Kerrin McEvoy, the pair moved into clear space on straightening with ease and began their pursuit of early leader Honourable Aussie.

Messene Eyes Doncaster After Sprint Win

Messene took a major step towards a run in next month’s Doncaster Handicap with a gritty win in Canberra’s Listed National Sprint on Sunday.

The resuming Hawkes galloper sat wide early from his wide gate, ambled up to second midrace and hit the front with 400m to go, holding off Victorian raider Reparations for an eighth career win.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was delighted with the tough win and hoped it would enhance the five-year-old’s chances at running in the Doncaster.

Gai to Fire


Leading Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse could easily have a field day at the Seppelt Black Opal meeting on Sunday.

The Waterhouse entrants for the big four Listed races are Mr Cha Cha in the $275,000 Black Opal (1200m), Julienas in the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m), Mr Jackman and Liberty’s Choice in the $120,000 Canberra Guineas (1400m) and Under The Sun in the $120,000 National Sprint (1400m).

The stable rides will be shared by Tommy Berry and Tim Clark.

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 9 March Black Opal Stakes Day

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 9 March 2014

Race 1:  3 – 9 – 7 - 13

Race 2:  8 -12 – 1 - 3

Race 3:8 – 4 – 1 - 10

Race 4:  11 – 9 – 1 -5

Race 5:  1 – 2 – 6 - 16

Race 6:  2 – 4 – 3 - 1

Race 7:   3 – 1 – 6 – 5

Race 8 – 4 – 8 – 1 - 2

Best Bet Race 1 #3 Regents Park

El Roca Accepts For Canberra Guineas

El Roca is a surprise acceptor for the Listed Canberra Guineas on Sunday with Trent Busuttin to make a call on the colt’s next start in the next 48 hours.

El Roca has been accepted for both the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm and the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) on Sunday.

Either race will act as a crucial lead up for El Roca into the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 15 after he was scratched from last Saturday's Hobartville Stakes in well documented circumstances.

Local trainers horses in the running for Sunday

By John Hourigan

Trainer Nick Olive by-passed the Lightning Ridge Stakes with Calypso Choice and, on the same day, produced the filly for a first-up win over 1100m at Bathurst. It is hard to line up Bathurst form but the $30,000 purchase can do no more than win. Though the filly’s dam, Cap Juluca (NZ), never raced, all seven of her foals have won.

Impressive line up for Seppelt Black Opal Stakes Day

Final race fields for the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes race meeting were released earlier this morning with impressive fields across the eight race program.  Highlighted by the $275,000 Seppelt Black Opal Stakes in which there is a capacity field of 14 plus 2 emergencies.  The Black Opal Stakes field includes the recent Lightning Ridge Plate winner Klammer from the Gerald Ryan stable, Gerald also has Lucky Raquie engaged for the race.  

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