Black Opal Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A capacity field of 14 field horses plus six emergencies has been announced to contest the Listed $250,000 2013 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on Sunday.

The lucrative juvenile feature always attracts a strong field with many trainers using the race in an effort to qualify quality youngsters for the Golden Slipper.

Top Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, who has won a remarkable four Golden Slippers, has entered one runner in Mr Jackman.

The Northern Meteor colt has had two starts to date, running third at Gosford on debut in February before finishing fourth at Warwick Farm.

David Payne scratched Criterion from last weekend’s Silver Slipper due to a wide barrier but has suffered poor luck again after his charge came up with barrier 18.

The Sebring colt won at Rosehill on debut in November and was third in his first-up test in the Listed Canonbury Stakes last month.

The field contains just one last start winner, with Shadowofyoursmile stepping up in class after taking out the City Of Lithgow Nugget at Bathurst on February 24.

Darley trainer Peter Snowden has accepted with Exceed And Excel colt Sidestep who will be running for the first time since running third on debut in the Listed Cooper Stakes at Sandown in November.

Also stepping out for Snowden is Aspen who was fourth on debut in the Warwick Farm Plate in December.

Familiar to the track is local hope and last-star Canberra placegetter Meticulously while Tim Martin’s colt Quartzite is rising in class after running second on debut at Wyong last month.

The Black Opal Stakes is also a good race to follow as many of these runners go on to contest bigger two-year-old races at the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

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Black Opal Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1×3 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne Glyn Schofield 18 56kg
2 17 FLAK JACKET Grahame Begg Nathan Berry 16 56kg
3 124 TORIO MAGIC Neville Layt Adrian Layt 2 56kg
4 3x SIDESTEP Peter Snowden TBA 12 56kg
5 193 METICULOUSLY Matthew Dale Brendan Ward 19 56kg
6 1×67 POWER ALERT Trevor Sutherland Jon Grisedale 17 56kg
7 3×0 CHILLY PREDICTION Jason Coyle Jason Collett 10 56kg
8 3x STAR WARS (NZ) Scott Aspery Blake Shinn 5 56kg
9 2 QUARTZITE Tim Martin Corey Brown 3 56kg
10 34 MR JACKMAN Gai Waterhouse James McDonald 4 56kg
11 L141 SHADOWOFYOURSMILE Garry White Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 54kg
12 16 HAILIN’ DIAMONDS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 11 54kg
13 333 LADY ANGELICA John Nisbet Ms Kayla Nisbet (a) 13 54kg
14 4x ASPEN Peter Snowden TBA 20 54kg
15e 2 RAISE NO DOUBT Marc Conners Hugh Bowman 9 56kg
16e 58×2 SPIRIT MANIA Aaron Clarke TBA 8 54kg
17e 25×0 STEEL BOLT Aaron Clarke TBA 14 56kg
18e 0x38 FLYING MAMUZA Neville Layt Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins (a) 7 56kg
19e 40 MAMA’S LUCK Mark Schmetzer TBA 6 54kg
20e GAMBLER’S BLUES Tim Martin TBA 15 56kg