2019 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes and TAB Canberra Cup Race Day

Festivals and Celebrations

10 Mar 2019

The Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes is Canberra’s premier race day.

The inaugural Black Opal Stakes in 1973 was won by Rich Reward. The race day is one of the more important Autumn events on the calendar.

The Black Opal Stakes program includes; the $300,000 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes (Group 3), the $200,000 tab.com.au Canberra Cup (Listed), $130,000 (Canberra) National Sprint (Listed) and the XXXX Gold $130,000 Canberra Guineas (Listed). The full racing program is available under the racing drop down menu on the website.

The action takes place both on and off the track at Thoroughbred Park on John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes day.

Enter the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field competition for the best prizes in the region including a trip for 2 to London and a 5% share in a racehorse.

Please note that the Fashions on the Field competition has strict guidelines for each category entry. Categories are Classic Ladies Race Wear, Classic Mens Race Wear and Millinery Award.

Free childrens entertainment including Poplar Corner Pony Rides, jumping castle and face painting.

Great day out for the racing fantatic, socialite or family.

Gates open 11:30am


Bar Carpark Caters for people with allergies and intolerances. Coach Parking Conference/Convention Facilities Family Friendly Kiosk Parents Room Public Toilet Restaurant Sports

Event Times

10 Mar 2019

Annual Event


Thoroughbred Park

Randwick Road, Lyneham, 2602

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