2012 Black Opal Stakes Day – Preview

Tullamore

Tullamore is the favourite in betting for the 2012 Canberra Cup

The massive weekend of racing will continue tomorrow with a bumper 2012 Black Opal Stakes Day to take place in Canberra.

The prime event is the Black Opal Stakes but there are three other listed races on the eight-race card including the Canberra Cup, National Sprint and Canberra Guineas.

With plenty of prize money and some good preparation ahead of the major Sydney Autumn races up for grabs, plenty of talent will grace the nation’s capital this Sunday.

Races.com.au is here to bring you a preview of the four Listed races to be held on Black Opal Stakes Day 2012.

Race 5 – 3:31pm Canberra Guineas (1400m)

The Canberra Guineas is the first of the Listed races to take place this Sunday and will be held over 1400 metres. The Peter Snowden trained Detours is the early $4.00 favourite at bookmaker.com.au and is coming off a win in the Edmen Community Staffing for three-year-olds at Rosehill last weekend. Deceiver is next back in the betting at $4.60 and is chasing a fourth consecutive victory. It will be interesting to see whether the gelding can handle a step up in class on Sunday.

2012 Canberra Guineas – Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6240X73953 SARAMENHA Gerald Ryan Danny Nikolic 11 56kg 73
2 1482X561 ROAD TO SUMMER (NZ) Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 12 56kg 72
3 X5614X3220 ABERRANT Peter Snowden Grant Buckley 9 56kg 70
4 1709X1 NICONOISE David Hayes Nash Rawiller 4 56kg 70
5 6142X12 SKIP TOWN Tim Martin Jay Ford 3 56kg 69
6 2X111 DECEIVER Danny Williams Daniel Ganderton 15 56kg 65
7 373X322662 THE FIREHOUSE Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 56kg
8 741X32 ASCLEPIUS Len Hodgson Kevin Sweeney 7 56kg 54
9 68X2551 DE NEDERLANDEN Jason Coyle Brenton Avdulla 2 56kg 59
10 1X1335X21 DETOURS Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 13 55kg 87
11 1114X1 COLORADO CLAIRE John O’Shea Blake Shinn 14 55kg 76
12 11X21 SHE GOES TO RIO (NZ) Anthony Cummings Peter Robl 1 54kg 76
13 24X711X27 FOX Adam Duggan 10 54kg TBA 73
14 742X171886 FILLE VILAINE Neville Layt Tommy Berry 6 54kg 66
15 74X133123 OUR BRIGHTEST STAR Neville Layt Adrian Layt 8 54kg 61
16 10 PINEAPPLE Kerry Parker Jeff Penza 16 54kg 67

Race 6 – 4:10pm Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes (1200m)

Run over 1400 metres, the 2012 Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race and is worth $250,000. A talented field is set to line up in the two-year-olds’ race and the bookmakers and punters are having trouble splitting the favourites. Epaulette is currently favourite at $3.80 (bookmaker.com.au) with Later Gator at $4.40, both are coming off victories last start. Cavalary Rose has come into $4.20 and the John O’Shea trained Faustus is at $4.40.

2012 Black Opal Stakes – Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1X FAUSTUS John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 3 56kg
2 1X EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 56kg
3 24X55 RISE TO THE TOP Gary Portelli Nash Rawiller 5 56kg
4 66X31 RED EXCITEMENT Neville Layt Kevin Sweeney 10 56kg
5 16 NO RISQUE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Jeff Penza 6 56kg
7 244 FLAMING STAR Chicka Pearson William Pearson 1 56kg
8 06X22 TONY THE PONY Neil Osborne Mathew Cahill 4 56kg
9 11 CAVALRY ROSE Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 11 55.5kg
10 1 LATER GATOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 2 54kg
11 8877X2 DIAMOND PLAYER Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 18 54kg
12 318 LURA Tony Sergi Michael Travers 16 54kg
14 29 DON’T CROSS MARY Peter Wiggins Danny Nikolic (late alt) 14 54kg
15e 3 MY SHABELLA Gerald Ryan Josh Adams (a) 15 54kg
16e 70X TROPHIES John P Thompson TBA 12 56kg
17e 3 CROWN MOSS Marc Conners TBA 8 54kg
18e 4 CIAO Clarry Conners TBA 17 54kg
19e 7 LIGHTNING DREW Tim Martin Jay Ford 13 56kg

Race 7 – 4:45pm Mecerdes Benz (Canberra) Canberra Cup (2000m)

The Canberra Cup serves as the second most important race on Black Opal Stakes day and is a stayers’ event run over 2000 metres. The early markets suggest the talented Gai Waterhouse trained Tullamore is the likely front runner ($2.50 at bookmaker.com.au). Last week’s Parramatta Cup winner Praecido ($6.00) is next best in the betting and will be looking to add to his two career wins. Two time Group One winner Zavite provides some value for the punters at $31.00.

2012 Canberra Cup – Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 070X0189X0 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 13 62kg 111
2 1X838320X6 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 105
3 X65680X618 RAINBOW STYLING (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 4 57kg 101
4 011212X0X0 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes Kerrin McEvoy 12 56kg 99
5 112115X848 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody Danny Nikolic 14 55kg 97
6 0003X0054X SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie Jay Ford 6 54kg 95
7 824409X251 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne Corey Brown 11 54kg 94
8 26X1030404 SHARP PRINCESS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 54kg 94
9 25319X6626 WORLD WIDE Bede Murray Peter Robl 1 54kg 85
10 3372216542 PALASPORT Gregory Hickman TBA 10 54kg 80
11 X915132127 FILL THE PAGE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Tommy Berry 2 54kg 75
12 33X1521221 COLISEO Norm Gardner Jeff Penza 3 54kg 73
13 002706X725 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell Chad Schofield (a) 15 54kg 70
14 011X606542 BILLYBOUGG Keith Dryden Kevin Sweeney 8 54kg 63
15 24X4664551 WATERTIGHT Robert Price Sam Clipperton (a), (late alt) 5 54kg 62

Race 8 – 5:20pm Magnet Mart National Sprint (1400m)

The $100,000 National Sprint rounds out the huge day of racing in Canberra and the 1400 metre event features some talented horses. Included is Alma’s Fury who is chasing a fourth consecutive victory and will start as $4.60 favourite in the betting at bookmaker.com.au. Hood ($7.50) may be one horse that can challenge the favourite and is coming off  third-place effort last start at Warwick Farm. Onthelookout at $7.00 should not be ignored, with the gelding coming off a victory in the Fernwood Liverpool for three-year-olds on February 18.

2012 National Sprint – Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 50505X3487 SNIPER’S BULLET Tracey Bartley Ms Kathy O’Hara 15 58kg 101
3 001010X3X7 FIREBOLT (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 9 57.5kg 100
4 6X5864X8X6 SNOW ALERT Chris Waller Danny Nikolic 2 57kg 99
5 51310X008X MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry (late alt) 14 54.5kg 98
6 341233X621 ONTHELOOKOUT Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Adam Hyeronimus (a) 13 54.5kg 91
7 X32630X111 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Peter Robl 11 54.5kg 89
8 1230X12114 CAPITAL COMMANDER Nick Olive Corey Brown 3 54.5kg 87
9 151X419FX7 IZABABE Peter Nestor Mathew Cahill 12 54.5kg 87
10 32117X7292 BEREFT Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 54.5kg 83
11 X110X442X3 HOOD Guy Walter Blake Shinn 5 54.5kg 82
12 3X23X72X17 MAGIC WEEKEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1 54.5kg 81
13 46211X5426 MOORINGS CAPITAL Lynda Bundy Kevin Sweeney 10 54.5kg 77
14 221X4435X2 LYCRA LASS Wayne Carroll TBA 7 54.5kg 72

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