Gerald Ryan and Peter Snowden eye second Black Opal victory.

By John Hourigan 

The Gerald Ryan-trained Klammer is likely to come up against either the unbeaten Memorial or the well-bred Ghibellines from the powerful Darley team in the $275,000 Seppelt Black Opal (1200m) on March 9.

Klammer could not have been more impressive in winning the Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate (1000m), the traditional Black Opal preview at Canberra on Sunday.

Asclepius On Trial For The Canberra Cup

Canberra based trainer Len Hodgson is well aware it is do or die for Asclepius on Sunday as he aims to keep his Canberra Cup hopes alive.

Having returned in good order at Canberra two back the son of Reset proved quite disappointing at Randwick last start when finishing well back over 1400m.

Rated to be close to 20 pounds below his best on Timeform ratings, Hodgson felt his poor performance could be attributed to his poor racing manners.

"I was pretty disappointed with his effort, I thought he could feature in the top four," Hodgson said.

Olive Hoping To Turn The Tables

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is hoping a significant swing in the weights and a step up in trip can help his filly Without A Shadow turn the tables on Just A Blur.

While clearly no match for the Joseph and Jones trained filly first up, Without A Shadow will now meet Just A Blur five and a half kilograms better off at the weights at Canberra on Sunday.

"I'm really happy with how she is travelling," Olive said.

"I thought she went great the other day even though she was blow away by Barb's [Barbara Joseph] horse.

Diamond Deja Vu For Canberra Owner

For unassuming Canberra-based owner Eric Koundouris, Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield presents a welcome case of déjà vu.

Koundouris part-owns blueblood colt Nostradamus, who is a half-brother to his 2010 Blue Diamond winner Star Witness.

Successful over 1100m at Flemington on debut in January, Nostradamus reeled off some impressive closing sectionals from the rear of the field after jumping from the outside barrier to grab fourth in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield won by favourite Rubick at his last start.

Inglis 2YO Bonus At Canberra

The first $50,000 Inglis Bonus of 2014 is up for grabs in in Sunday’s Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate at Canberra.

Should the winner of the race be nominated and eligible for the Inglis Bonus, winning connections will take home $63,000 in first place prizemoney.

Eight of thirteen 2YOs are eligible to win the $50,000 having been offered and nominated throughout the 2013 Inglis Yearling Sales Series.

Klammer (Snitzel), purchased by Gerald Ryan at the 2013 Classic Yearling Sale Winter Book edition took the honours of topping the sale.

Record Prize Pool for Myer Fashions on the field

The Myer Fashions on the field held on Seppelt Black Opal Stakes day will see competitors flocking from near and far to take home a record prize pool at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday 9 March.

Over $36,000 in cash and prizes will be on offer to the best classic dressed lady, gent and couple as well as prizes for best millinery on the day.

Cash, gift vouchers and beauty treatments are just some of the prizes on offer and with the announcement of celebrity host judge Kris Smith joining the panel on the day, should see strong competition and plenty of onlookers!

Vella To Launch Two-Pronged Attack

Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella will launch a two-pronged attack at next weekend's Lightning Ridge plate following Boys Day Out's impressive victory at Canberra last week.

Having already turned heads with impressive debutant American Time, Vella wasted little time to unearth another promising juvenile with Boys Day Out demoralising his rivals on debut.

Lining up in what appeared a solid form race on paper, Boys Day Out proceeded to live up to his solid trial form when saluting effortlessly by over four lengths.

Jones Aims High With Progressive Filly

A tilt towards the ATC Oaks shows the high regard Paul Jones holds with promising filly Just A Blur following her dominant display at Canberra last week.

Successful in notching up her second career victory the daughter of Dane Shadow proved ultra impressive when showcasing a devastating turn of foot to salute by four lengths.

"I thought she would have got two or three lengths further back then she did, it was a great ride from Jeff [Penza] he saved a lot of ground by getting her in just off the speed," Jones said.

Black Opal Stakes bigger than ever!

•    Seppelt are the new sponsor for the Black Opal Stakes and the sponsorship proposal includes a range of Treasury Wine Estates wines available on course including Salinger, Wolf Blass, Matua, Saltram, Juliet, Cape Shank, Devils Lair and Wynns.
•    There are four listed races on the program. Prize money for the 2014 Seppelt Black Opal Stakes has been increased to $275,000 up from      $250,000

Search for Canberra Racing Royalty

Tomorrow night, Heat 2 of the Myer Face of Canberra Racing Model Search will take place at Siren Bar in Gungahlin, which will see an additional 8 ladies take their place in the finals.

Over 30 girls will parade in the second heat with some local celebrities even taking part in the quest to win over $15,000 in cash and prizes and be Thoroughbred Park’s official fashion ambassador for the next 12 months.