Looking for early info on this year’s Black Opal Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
Run over 1,200 metres every March, the Black Opal Stakes is a Group 3 race, held during the Autumn racing season. With a $300,000 prize purse, it attracts some of Australia’s best short distance runners.
For its first 3 years, the race had been held as a Principal Race, before a long stint as a Listed Race from 1979-1986. Following eleven years as a Group 2 race, is was downgraded to a Group 3 race in 1999.
Black Opal Stakes 2019 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Sunday, March 10th, 2019
- Track Location: Canberra Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Right-handed
- Race Distance: 1,200 metres
- Weight Conditions: Set weights (with penalties)
- Qualification: Two year olds
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 3
- Operator: Canberra Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $300,000
- Inaugural Race: 1973
Black Opal Stakes Betting
There are many different ways to bet on the Black Opal Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Black Opal Stakes|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Black Opal Stakes.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Black Opal Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Black Opal Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Black Opal Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Black Opal Stakes to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Black Opal Stakes to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Black Opal Stakes to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Black Opal Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Black Opal Stakes
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Black Opal Stakes Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Black Opal Stakes 2018 Results
|1||3||2||Encryption||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||–||56 kgs||$3|
|2||12||1||Sizzling Belle||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||0.5 lengths||55 kgs||$7|
|3||4||5||Bondi||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||0.72 lengths||56 kgs||$2.70|
|4||11||8||Qafila||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||0.9 lengths||55 kgs||$6|
|5||13||6||Dreaming Of Biscay||Nick Olive||Jeff Penza||1.92 lengths||54 kgs||$21|
|6||8||3||Handle The Truth||Keith Dryden & Scott Collings||Mathew Cahill||3.87 lengths||56 kgs||$17|
|7||15||4||Republic||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||6.52 lengths||56 kgs||$41|
|8||9||7||The Unknown Factor||Gratz Vella||Richard Bensley||9.91 lengths||56 kgs||$151|
|SCR||2||0||Legend Of Condor||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||–||–||–|
|SCR||14||0||Nuclear Blitz||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||–||–||–|
|SCR||1||0||Prairie Fire||Mick Price||Mark Zahra||–||–||–|
|SCR||5||0||Exceltic||Gary Portelli||Tye Angland||–||–||–|
|SCR||7||0||Paquirri||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||–||–||–|
|SCR||10||0||Tchaikovsky||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||–||–||–|
|SCR||6||0||Aylmerton||Jean Dubois||Jean Van Overmeire||–||–||–|
Black Opal Stakes 2019 Odds
Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2018 edition of the Black Opal Stakes here.
(Please note that the odds below are from 07/02/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).
|All In||Win Odds||Place Odds|
Which Horse Will Win The Black Opal Stakes
The best way to pick who will win the Black Opal Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Black Opal Stakes Favourites
Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.
Black Opal Stakes 2019 Field
The field limit is 14. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.
Black Opal Stakes 2019 Favourites
Best Bet: TBC.
Best Roughie: TBC.
Black Opal Stakes Race Day
Race day takes place on Sunday, the 10th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Barrier Draw
The 2018 Black Opal Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.
Black Opal Stakes Nominations
Nominations close at 11 AM on Tuesday, the 5th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Weights
Set weights plus penalties apply to this race. The base weight for colts and geldings is is 56 kilograms. The base weight for fillies is is 54 kilograms.Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Wednesday the 7th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Thursday, the 7th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Thursday the 7th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Sunday the 10th of March, 2019.
Black Opal Stakes Prize Money
The Black Opal Stakes prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.
Black Opal Stakes Race Number
Black Opal Stakes is race number 1 on the 10th of March, 2019. There are eight races in total that day at Canberra Racecourse.
Black Opal Stakes Form Guide
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2019’s Black Opal Stakes has been released.
Black Opal Stakes Live
You can watch or listen to the 2019 Black Opal Stakes live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Black Opal Stakes Winners
Winners of the Black Opal Stakes are displayed in the table below.
|2007||race not held|
|2006||Down The Wicket|
|1984||Spirit Of Kingston|