Vilakazi Street Goes Back To Back in City Handicap

A patient and well calculated ride saw handy galloper Vilakazi Street become only the second horse in history to collect back to back wins in Thursday's City Handicap at Albury.

Drawing one of the extreme outside alleys in the feature race, experienced hoop Kevin Sweeney showed great patience settling the son of Johannesburg towards the tail of the field before pulling him out in the straight to charge right down the outside and edge out his rivals right in the shadows of the post.

Criterion Takes Out Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes

By: Racing and Sports

Sunday, 10 March 2013: David Payne has unearthed his Golden Slipper chance with Criterion taking out the Kamberra Wine Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on Sunday.

Ridden by Glyn Schofield, Criterion  came into the race on the back of a last start third in the Canonburry Stakes, doing a lot wrong on that occasion and the addition of blinkers seem to do the trick today.

Court Connection's Cup a Feature Double for Schofield

By: Racing and Sports

Sunday, 10 March 2013: Glyn Schofield clinched a lucrative feature double at Canberra on Sunday after a perfectly timed ride aboard Goulburn galloper Court Connection.

It was his first win in the $200,000 ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup feature, and followed his impressive performance aboard Criterion winning the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes just 40 minutes earlier, a race worth a quarter of a million dollars.

Canberra Markets

By Alex Steedman - Racing and Sports

Joint Favourites For ACTTAB Canberra Centenary  Cup

 Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun share favouritism for Sunday’s $200,000 Listed Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park.

TAB Sportsbet opened their market for the Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) on Friday morning and were unable to separate Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun at the top of betting.

The pair are each quoted at $4.60 ahead of other single figure hopes Court Connection [$7], Sindarin [$8] and Niwot [$8].

Favourite's for the Cup

Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun share favouritism for Sunday’s $200,000 Listed Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park.

TAB Sportsbet opened their market for the Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) on Friday morning and were unable to separate Fast Clip and Shadows In The Sun at the top of betting.

The pair are each quoted at $4.60 ahead of other single figure hopes Court Connection [$7], Sindarin [$8] and Niwot [$8].

Coliseo, Asclepius and Natch Catch are considered the best of the local hopes, quoted at $11 and $13 respectively.

Quartzite a narrow favourite for Opal

The Tim Martin-trained Quartzite narrowly holds favouritism for the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Quartzite has been installed as the $4.80 favourite for the feature juvenile event at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park on Sunday ahead of the stakes placed Sidestep [$5] and Criterion [$5].

The Exceed And Excel colt debuted at Wyong on February 20 when a close second behind Crimson Arrow.

John Scorse Best Bets for Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes Day

Race 1:  11 – 3 - 10

Race 2:  9 – 4 - 3

Race 3: 5 – 6 - 15

Race 4:  3 – 1 - 2

Race 5 Affinity Construction Canberra Guineas:  4 – 6 - 13

Race 6: Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes  4 – 10 - 15

Race 7: ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup  3 – 8 – 2

Race 8: Mercedes-Benz National Sprint 9 – 6 - 1

Best Bet of the day R5 #4 Complicate

Hot Fields

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.

More gossip on the Black Opal Stakes

‘All the Talk’ heads the order of entry for the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes Black to be run on Sunday.

All the Talk, a colt by Stratum finished  4th in last Saturdays Silver Slipper a Group 2 race, and  he won a Saturday race at Warwick Farm in December,  in four race starts he has won $103,850 in prize money.  His trainer Gary Portelli is no stranger to winning Black Opal’s having won three with Coral Salute in 2001, Down the Wicket in 2006 and Delago Bolt in 2009.  

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