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.

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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

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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.  

Maluckyday and Niwot Nominated for Cup

By: Racing and Sports 

Team Hawkes have nominated Group 1 performed stayers Maluckyday and Niwot for the Listed  ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

17 at this stage have been nominated for the ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) with the number expected to increase noticeably before they are officially released tomorrow.

The $200,000 Canberra Cup has attracted some respected staying types spearheaded by the likes of Maluckyday and Niwot .

It's Maluckyday!

Team Hawkes have nominated Group 1 performed stayers Maluckyday and Niwot for the Listed ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.
 
17 at this stage have been nominated for the ACTTAB Canberra Centenary Cup (2000m) with the number expected to increase noticeably before they are officially released tomorrow.
 
The $200,000 Canberra Cup has attracted some respected staying types spearheaded by the likes of Maluckyday and Niwot.
 

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.

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