All that is happening for Black Opal Stakes Sunday 10 March

Feature Racing

 Record prize money of $766,000 featuring four Listed races.

• $250,000 Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes – 2yr olds set weights plus pen - 1200 metres. 40th Anniversary

.• $200,000 ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup – open quality handicap - 2000 metres. 75th Anniversary

.• $100,000 Mercedes Benz Canberra National Sprint – open quality handicap - 1400 metres

Dame for Opal

By: Alex Steedman 

Opal An Option For Everage

A natural progression to the Listed Black Opal Stakes is on the agenda however not certain for Everage after her convincing Lightning Ridge Plate victory at Thoroughbred Park last Sunday.

Randwicktrainer Craig Carmody will nominate Everage for the $250,000 Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on March 10 after the Zizou filly delivered as favourite in the Lightning Plate (1000m).

 “We will definitely throw a nomination in for the Black Opal,” Carmody said.

Fill The Page A Surprise Sprint Starter

By: Alex Steedman

2012 Canberra Cup winner Fill The Page will return from a career threatening bowed tendon sustained during the spring in the Listed National Sprint at Thoroughbred Park on March 10.

The Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones-trained mare was responsible for creating a party atmosphere in the mounting yard at Thoroughbred Park 12 months ago when providing the ‘Baroness of Bombala’ with her first Canberra Cup victory.

Gatewood for Centenary Cup

By: Racing and SportsWednesday, 27 February 2013: Geelong Cup winner Gatewood is an early entry from the Chris Waller stable  for  the ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup on Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes day at Thoroughbred Park Canberra  on  10 March  2013.

Now under the care of Chris Waller, UK import Gatewood resumed last Saturday in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm where he ran sixth behind Alma’s Fury.

New Face of Fashion announced

Thoroughbred Park didnt let the rain dampen the excitement of the new 2013 Myer Face of Canberra Racing winner being announced this afternoon.

Kate Goodwin of Yarralumla took out the top honours and will now be the "face" for the next 12 months, appearing in advertising campaigns for the racing club and will take on the role as the ambassador for all fashion related acitivities on course.

Unanimously passes on the Caviar

Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale has elected to bypass a clash with superstar sprinter Black Caviar in favour of a possible tilt at the Oakleigh Plate next weekend.

Having been nominated earlier in the week to take his place in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes [1000m] Dale admits it was merely a case of testing the waters and was never really looking to take on the great mare.

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 24 February 2013

John Scorse Best Bets for Sunday 24 February 2013

Race 1: 1 – 3 - 10

Race 2: 5 – 2 - 7

Race 3: 2 – 1 - 7

Race 4: 1 – 2 - 3

Race 5: 4 – 1 - 3

Race 6: 8 – 3 - 5

Race 7: 3 – 5 - 7

Winning Post Bar is open to the general public. Snack Food available or purchase a members day pass for $15 and enjoy a delicious roast carvery in the members Black Opal Room for $30.

Fashion elite to judge Canberra

Myer and the Canberra Racing Club are pleased to announce that international designer and fashion mogul Jayson Brunsdon will judge the Myer Fashions on the field competition at the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes.

Jayson has been involved in the fashion industry for the last twenty years, first as an illustrator and stylist and more recently as a Creative Director. He has worked as a fashion Editor for Australian Magazine ‘Follow Me’ and freelance in New York under Brana Wolf for ‘US Vogue’.

Is the Canberra Cup Canberra's oldest event?

Is the Canberra Cup the oldest ongoing event in Canberra with the 2013 ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup in its 75th year?

In 1921, a race meeting was held to raise money for the Canberra Branch of the Returned Soldiers. Located just near the Molonglo River and Black Mountain, organised race meets were now up and running.

The Canberra Cup was first run in 1926 which technically makes the race at 87 years but was ‘on-hold’ throughout the Depression from 1930 to 1935 and again through the World War II years 1941-1945.

Black Opal Stakes Day Set To Be Bigger Than Ever

By Simon Dinopoulous - Racing and Sports

The decision by the Canberra Racing Club's committee to amalgamate their two feature racedays into one premium showcase proved a resounding success last year and this year's edition appears well on track to go one step further.

While they proved successful in providing their most competitive racing fixture of the season, the race club will now look to provide greater on-course entertainment with Canberra Race Club Chief Executive, Peter Stubbs, emphasising the importance of providing and all-round package.

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