Black Opal Stakes 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The best Black Opal Stakes graduates may target the Golden Slipper Stakes in Sydney.

The Black Opal Stakes is an important Group 3 race held at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra on a Sunday in mid-February as a potential lead-up into Sydney’s Group 1 $4.92 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

2022 Black Opal Stakes Winner Queen Of The Ball
2022 Black Opal Stakes winner Queen Of The Ball (pictured at Moonee Valley). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

To date, Catbird (1999) is the only runner to complete the Black Opal Stakes – Golden Slipper double.

A 1200m sprint offering $250,000 in prize money, the Black Opal Stakes is run at set weights and has been held since 1973.

The event takes place as part of the popular Canberra Cup Carnival in the ACT and is now run on the same day as the Listed Canberra Cup (2000m).

The next edition of the Black Opal Stakes takes place on Sunday March 10, 2024 on Canberra Cup Day in the ACT.

2024 Black Opal Stakes Results

The official 2024 Black Opal Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the Group 3 race for two-year-olds takes place in Canberra on Sunday March 10, 2024.

  • 1st: #5 Holmes A Court
  • 2nd: #1 Fully Lit
  • 3rd: #3 Amazing Eagle

The Team Hawkes-trained Holmes A Court ($7) was excellent improving on a lead-up Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude third in Melbourne to post a big 1.45 length win over the beaten odds-on favourite Fully Lit ($1.45F) in Canberra’s Black Opal Stakes 2024 results.

2024 Black Opal Stakes Odds

The autumn’s leading Black Opal Stakes 2024 betting odds will be available below the week of the race complete with links to our markets on the Group 3 Canberra feature so stay tuned.

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Black Opal Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Sunday March 10, 2024
  • Track: Canberra Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 2YOs
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1973

Black Opal Stakes Betting

Black Opal Stakes betting markets are traditionally led by non-maidens with last-start winning two-year-olds from local Sydney stables having a gun record in the juveniles’ feature. 

Autumn Ballet in 2023 is to date the event’s only debutant winner. 

The colts and geldings usually dominate the Black Opal Stakes odds with just five fillies since 1989 having beaten the boys, most recently Pin Sec (2019), Queen Of The Ball (2022), and most recently Autumn Ballet (2023). 

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

Black Opal Stakes Field

Black Opal Stakes Winners (Encryption) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Ladbrokes

2018 Black Opal Stakes winner Encryption (pictured at Flemington). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Black Opal Stakes race field attracts a quality line-up of promising young two-year-olds at the start of their careers eyeing a run in the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens. 

Before a change of date, horses in the Black Opal Stakes field the colts and geldings often backed-up in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200) and the fillies in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on Randwick Guineas Day. 

Criterion (2013) was the last horse to complete the Black Opal – Todman Stakes double. 

In 2024 the Black Opal Stakes winner Holmes A Court had his final lead-up in Melbourne’s Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G when third in that Caulfield event. 

Black Opal Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race with the final field of acceptances and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2024 Black Opal Stakes Field

The official Black Opal Stakes 2024 final field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 6, 2024 and will be published in full below so bookmark this page to see what two-year-olds are in one of the traditional Golden Slipper lead-up races. 

The 2024 Black Opal Stakes field is headlined by the unbeaten Waterhouse/Bott colt Fully Lit in a good gate three draw chasing his third win from as many starts. 

2024 Black Opal Stakes Nominations

The early Black Opal Stakes 2024 nominations are announced on Monday the 4th of March, 2024 and will be available below.

Black Opal Stakes Tips

The best Black Opal Stakes tips are to look for a single-figure chance with previous winning form and any two-year-olds with a past Group performance in Sydney on their record. 

2024 Black Opal Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Black Opal Stakes 2024 betting tips online will be available right here a day or so out from the Canberra autumn showdown so stay tuned for the juveniles to back and sack in the Group 3 this season.

  • To Win: #1 Fully Lit ($1.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Have seen a few odds-on elects get rolled of late, but don’t think that will be the case in the Group 3 feature at Canberra on Sunday. Fully Lit is undefeated heading into the 2YOs showdown in the nation’s capital with an eye on a bigger autumn prize. The promising and progressive Hellbent colt from the Waterhouse/Bott stable was good on debut with a 2.8 length win at Rosehill and backed that up saluting in Randwick’s lucrative Inglis Millennium last month. Good interim trial and ready to win again at the short quote here. 

Black Opal Stakes Form Guide

The Black Opal Stakes form guide has all of the need-to-know information on the horses in the field including jockeys, trainers, barriers and any lead-up summer / autumn racing form.

While just one runner has won the Black Opal – Golden Slipper double to date the form out of the event has held in the Group 1 classic many times over the years.

Seven Black Opal Stakes winners have gone on to run a place in the Golden Slipper results: Blazing Saddles, Just Blooming, Comely Girl, Clan O’Sullivan, St Covet, Paint and most recently Decision Time who ran second in the Slipper behind Crystal Lily in 2010. 

The Black Opal Stakes form has also been franked in other top grade races many times over the years including in 2017 when the winner Trapeze Artist went on to run third in that year’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes. Trapeze Artist also returned to win four subsequent Group 1 races over his career including the 2017 Golden Rose. 

2024 Black Opal Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Black Opal Stakes 2024 Form Guide will be provided by punters below the week of the race.

Black Opal Stakes Results

Notable Black Opal Stakes winners throughout history include Spirit Of Kingston (1984), Maizcay (1987), St. Covet (1994), subsequent Golden Slipper winner Catbird (1999), Decision Time (2010), Epaulette (2012), Criterion (2013), and Trapeze Artist (2017). 

Recent Black Opal Stakes Winners

Past Black Opal Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Holmes A Court Fully Lit Amazing Eagle
2023 Autumn Ballet The Years Make A Call
2022 Queen Of The Ball Warby Metallicity
2021 Kalashnikov Solar Winds Rocket Tiger
2020 Barbaric Bartley Cellsabeel
2019 Pin Sec Rome Mclaren
2018 Encryption Sizzling Belle Bondi
2017 Trapeze Artist Trekking Safin
2016 Defcon Flash Fibian Prized Icon
2015 Takedown Single Gaze Antelucan
2014 Lucky Racquie Mr Cha Cha Klammer
2013 Criterion Sidestep Meticulously
2012 Epaulette Faustus Later Gator
2011 You’re Canny Karuta Queen Bright Heart
2010 Decision Time Lohan Butt I’m Ready
2009 Delago Bolt Phenomenal Lass Zikmann
2008 Sarthemare Typhoon Fury De Lightning Ridge


Race Not Held

2006 Down The Wicket One Time Luvuleo
2005 Al Samer Another TIme Jet Spur
2004 Uber St Pirian Just As Beautiful
2003 Handsome Ransom Exceed And Excel Sansadee
2002 Planchet Mukareena Majorette
2001 Coral Salute Antagonise Finbarr
2000 Pembleton Donna Dior Royal Joke