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.

2022 Black Opal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Queen Of The Ball
  • 2nd: #9 Warby
  • 3rd: #4 Metallicity



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 Coolmore Classic Day on the Saturday in Sydney and ‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington. The race offers $200,000 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 $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 2022 ran in Canberra on Sunday March 13, 2022 and was won by the favourite Queen Of The Ball ($2.80F).

2022 Black Opal Stakes
Date: Sunday March 13, 2022
Track: Canberra Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties / Two-Year-Olds
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2022 Black Opal Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Queen Of The Ball ($2.80F)
  • 2nd: #9 Warby
  • 3rd: #4 Metallicity

The Richard & Michael Freedman-trained Queen Of The Ball ($2.80F) raced her way into a $5 million Golden Slipper bid on the quick back-up after a dominant performance to salute for the punters in the 2022 Black Opal Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 QUEEN OF THE BALL Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 12 55kg $2.80F
2 9 WARBY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 1.19L 10 56kg $11
3 4 METALLICITY Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 1.34L 11 56kg $4.20
4 5 NOLAN John O’Shea William Pike 1.41L 2 56kg $19
5 12 LETHAL LADY Norm Gardner Brock Ryan 2.77L 1 54kg $41
6 16e CUSTODIAN Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 3.06L 5 56kg $3.90
7 8 STANDING ORDER Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 3.64L 3 56kg $21
8 14 TROACH James Cummings Tim Clark 4.12L 4 54kg $15
9 11 INVERTATIONAL David Kelley Jordan Mallyon 4.41L 8 54kg $101
10 3 GREAT SIEGE Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 4.94L 9 56kg $81
11 2 COOL AMIGO Tim Martin James Innes Jnr 5.42L 7 56kg $61
12 15e FINE VINTAGE Gary Portelli Shaun Guymer 6.52L 6 56kg $81
1 SWEET RIDE Annabel Neasham Jean Van Overmeire 0
6 PEACE OFFICER (NZ) Clarry Conners 0
7 RISE OF THE MASSES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jay Ford 0
13 SWIFT SWEET Mark Newnham 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Black Opal Stakes Betting Odds

The latest autumn markets and Black Opal Stakes 2022 betting odds on the Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up this season will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned.

Queen Of The Ball ($2.80 in 2022) was the last favourite in Black Opal Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 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 2022 Black Opal Stakes field and barriers is set for release on Thursday March 10, 2022 and will be published below in full.

The Black Opal Stakes 2022 final field features a quality line-up of potential Group 1 Golden Slipper-bound two-year-olds including Preview winner Sweet Ride who is also accepted for Saturday’s Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes in Sydney and Queen Of The Ball another Sydney acceptor on Saturday in the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 151 SWEET RIDE Annabel Neasham Jean Van Overmeire 13 57kg
2 31 COOL AMIGO Tim Martin James Innes Jnr 8 56kg
3 29 GREAT SIEGE Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 56kg
4 4 METALLICITY Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 14 56kg
5 267 NOLAN John O’Shea William Pike 3 56kg
6 58 PEACE OFFICER (NZ) Clarry Conners 15 56kg
7 1×32 RISE OF THE MASSES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jay Ford 2 56kg
8 2 STANDING ORDER Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 4 56kg
9 WARBY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 12 56kg
10 2×15 QUEEN OF THE BALL Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 16 55kg
11 INVERTATIONAL David Kelley Jordan Mallyon 10 54kg
12 13 LETHAL LADY Norm Gardner Brock Ryan 1 54kg
13 3×5 SWIFT SWEET Mark Newnham 9 54kg
14 0x15 TROACH James Cummings Tim Clark 5 54kg
15e 0x FINE VINTAGE Gary Portelli Shaun Guymer 7 56kg
16e CUSTODIAN Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 6 56kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Black Opal Stakes Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 261 BESSMATI F 2 Annabel Neasham
2 6 BROSNAN C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
3 COMPELLING TRUTH C 2 Annabel Neasham
4 31 COOL AMIGO C 2 Tim Martin
5 CUSTODIAN C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
6 0x FINE VINTAGE G 2 Gary Portelli
7 3×6 FUN SUNDAY F 2 Brad Widdup
8 29 GREAT SIEGE C 2 Anthony Cummings
9 INVERTATIONAL F 2 David Kelley
10 7 KOTE C 2 Anthony Cummings
11 13 LETHAL LADY F 2 Norm Gardner
12 1×5 MAN IN THE MIRROR C 2 Annabel Neasham
13 4 METALLICITY C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
14 74 MISS FABERGE F 2 John Sargent
15 0x01 NIPOTINO C 2 John Thompson
16 37x NOBEL C 2 Annabel Neasham
17 267 NOLAN C 2 John O’Shea
18 58 PEACE OFFICER (NZ) C 2 Clarry Conners
19 2×15 QUEEN OF THE BALL F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
20 1×32 RISE OF THE MASSES C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
21 2 STANDING ORDER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
22 151 SWEET RIDE C 2 Annabel Neasham
23 3×5 SWIFT SWEET F 2 Mark Newnham
24 0x15 TROACH F 2 James Cummings
25 WARBY C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
26 334x WEALTHY INVESTOR C 2 Damien Lane
27 21 WILLIAMSBURG C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
28 WILLINGA BEAST F 2 Kris Lees
29 2 WINNERTAKESITALL F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden

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
2022
Black Opal Stakes
1st Queen Of The Ball 1 minute 10.21 seconds
2nd Warby
3rd Metallicity
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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