Black Opal Stakes

The Black Opal Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park in early March as a lead-up to the autumn Group 1 races in Sydney for 2YOs.

2021 Black Opal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Kalashnikov
  • 2nd: #15e Solar Winds
  • 3rd: #1 Rocket Tiger



The Black Opal Stakes is a Group 3 sprint for two-year-olds run at Canberra Racecourse on a Sunday in early-mid March during the autumn racing season.

Black Opal Stakes Day takes place the Sunday following Randwick Guineas Day on the Saturday in Sydney and ‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington. The race offers a lucrative $250,000 in total prize money and is a set weights plus penalties event run over 1200m.

The Black Opal Stakes has been won by plenty of quality juveniles over the years and a host of subsequent Group 1 winners have placed in the race including Prized Icon (3rd in 2016) who went on to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick that April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Black Opal Stakes winner in 2017 was Trapeze Artist who finished in that autumn’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) before coming back in the spring to salute in an upset runaway effort in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). Trapeze Artist would go on to win a further three Group 1 races in Sydney before his retirement.

Runners in the Black Opal Stakes field traditionally head to Sydney for their subsequent autumn runs in races including Rosehill’s Group 3 TL Baillieu Handicap (1400m) and the aforementioned ATC Champagne Stakes run during The Championships.

Two-year-olds may also back-up out of the Black Opal Stakes to run in the world’s richest race for that age group – the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Racecourse a fortnight later. The only horse to date to complete the Black Opal Stakes – Golden Slipper double is Catbird (1999).

The Black Opal Stakes 2021 ran in Canberra on Sunday March 7, 2021 and was won by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist colt Kalashnikov.

2021 Black Opal Stakes
Date: Sunday March 7, 2021
Track: Canberra Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties / Two-Year-Olds
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2021 Black Opal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Kalashnikov
  • 2nd: #15e Solar Winds
  • 3rd: #1 Rocket Tiger
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 KALASHNIKOV Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 2 56kg $15
2 15e SOLAR WINDS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0.24L 3 56kg $6
3 1 ROCKET TIGER Scott Spackman Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.49L 1 57kg $3F
4 13 MISS OSTEND Norm Gardner Mathew Cahill 1.71L 4 54kg $41
5 4 BACCHANALIA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2.55L 9 56kg $8.50
6 7 BOURBON FLYER John Thompson Hugh Bowman 2.58L 5 56kg $4.40
7 6 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli Keagan Latham 5.07L 7 56kg $31
8 3 CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Marquand 6.75L 6 56kg $5.50
9 10 POKER DICE Keith Dryden Blaike McDougall 13.88L 8 56kg $101
8 KOOLED Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0
14 CHILL Anthony Cummings 0
12 GLISTENING Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire (a) 0
2 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0
9 LEASE Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 0
11 PRETTY WOMAN Matthew Dale Ms Alysha Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Black Opal Stakes Betting & Odds

The latest autumn markets and Black Opal Stakes 2021 betting odds on the Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up this season will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

2021 Black Opal Stakes Field

The Black Opal Stakes field always attracts a quality line-up of two-year-old sprinters from both local and interstate stables with many heading towards Group 1 targets in Sydney during the autumn.

The official 2021 Black Opal Stakes field and barriers is set for release on Thursday March 4, 2021 and will be published below in full.

The Black Opal Stakes 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of two-year-olds led in betting by the highly-spruiked Hawkes Racing-trained Snitzel colt Remarque

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 112 ROCKET TIGER Scott Spackman Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 57kg
2 1 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 57kg
3 2×87 CONSTRUCT Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Marquand 8 56kg
4 4×61 BACCHANALIA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 15 56kg
5 57×01 KALASHNIKOV Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 3 56kg
6 2×5 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli Keagan Latham 12 56kg
7 1 BOURBON FLYER John Thompson Hugh Bowman 7 56kg
8 2 KOOLED Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14 56kg
9 9x LEASE Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 4 56kg
10 POKER DICE Keith Dryden Blaike McDougall (late alt) 13 56kg
11 11 PRETTY WOMAN Matthew Dale Ms Alysha Collett 9 54kg
12 2 GLISTENING Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11 54kg
13 1454 MISS OSTEND Norm Gardner Mathew Cahill 6 54kg
14 CHILL Anthony Cummings 10 54kg
15e SOLAR WINDS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Black Opal Stakes History

The Black Opal Stakes was first run back in 1973 and won by Rich Reward. Since then a host of exciting horses have taken out the Canberra clash including Spirit Of Kingston (1984), subsequent Golden Slipper winner Catbird (1999), Handsome Ranson (2003), Decision Time (2010), Epaulette (2012), Criterion (2013), Defcon (2016) and Trapeze Artist (2017).

The event started out as a Principal Race, gained Group 3 status in 1979 and for a decade ran as a Group 2 (1987 – 1998). It returned to Group 3 status from 1999 – 2005, dropped to a Listed event from 2006 – 2014 and since 2015 has regained Group 3 status.

The Black Opal Stakes race record of 1.09.6 was set in 1994 by St Covet.

Recent Black Opal Stakes Winners

See below for the full Black Opal Stakes results and winners going back to the year 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Black Opal Stakes
1st Kalashnikov 1 minute 09.60 seconds
2nd Solar Winds
3rd Rocket Tiger
2020
Black Opal Stakes
1st Barbaric 1 minute 11.44 seconds
2nd Bartley
3rd Cellsabeel
2019
Black Opal Stakes
1st Pin Sec 1 minute 10.88 seconds
2nd Rome
3rd Mclaren
2018
Black Opal Stakes
1st Encryption 1 minute 10.22 seconds
2nd Sizzling Belle
3rd Bondi
2017
Black Opal Stakes
1st Trapeze Artist 1 minute 10.77 seconds
2nd Trekking
3rd Muraaqeb
2016
Black Opal Stakes
1st Defcon 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Flash Fibian
3rd Prized Icon
2015
Black Opal Stakes
1st Takedown 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Single Gaze
3rd Antelucan
2014
Black Opal Stakes
1st Lucky Raquie 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Mr Cha Cha
3rd Klammer
2013
Black Opal Stakes
1st Criterion 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Sidestep
3rd Meticulously
2012
Black Opal Stakes
1st Epaulette 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Faustas
3rd Later Gator
2011
Black Opal Stakes
1st You’re Canny 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Karuta Queen
3rd Bright Heart
2010
Black Opal Stakes
1st Decision Time 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Lohan
3rd Butt I’m Ready
2009
Black Opal Stakes
1st Delago Bolt 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Phenomenal Lass
3rd Zikmann
2008
Black Opal Stakes
1st Sarthemare 1 minute 11.6 seconds
2nd Typhoon Fury
3rd De Lightning Ridge
2007
Black Opal Stakes
1st Race Not Run
2nd
3rd
2006
Black Opal Stakes
1st Down The Wicket 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd One Time
3rd Luvuleo
2005
Black Opal Stakes
1st Al Samer 1 minute 10.34 seconds
2nd Another Time
3rd Jet Spur
2004
Black Opal Stakes
1st Uber 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd St Pirian
3rd Just As Beautiful
2003
Black Opal Stakes
1st Handsome Ransom 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Exceed And Excel
3rd Sansadee
2002
Black Opal Stakes
1st Planchet 1 minute 11.16 seconds
2nd Mukareena
3rd Majorette
2001
Black Opal Stakes
1st Coral Salute 1 minute 15.5 seconds
2nd Antagonise
3rd Finbarr
2000
Black Opal Stakes
1st Pembleton 1 minute 11.05 seconds
2nd Donna Dior
3rd Royal Joke

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