Black Opal Stakes 2022

Sunday March 13, 2022

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 $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

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

A 1200m sprint offering $200,000 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 ATC run the day prior to the Monday’s Listed Canberra Cup (2000m).

The latest edition of the Black Opal Stakes took place on Sunday March 13, 2022 in Canberra and was won by the best in betting, Queen Of The Ball ($2.80F), for Richard & Michael Freedman.

Black Opal Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Sunday March 13, 2022
  • Track: Canberra Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 2YOs
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1973

2022 Black Opal Stakes Results

The official 2022 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 13, 2022.

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

Queen Of The Ball ($2.80F) is tipped to back-up in the $5 million Golden Slipper on Saturday after an easy win for the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained filly in the Black Opal Stakes 2022 results

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. 

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

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

2022 Black Opal Stakes Odds

The autumn’s leading Black Opal Stakes 2022 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Black Opal Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 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. 

Following a run in the Black Opal Stakes field the colts and geldings may back-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. 

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

2022 Black Opal Stakes Field

The official Black Opal Stakes 2022 final field and barriers are set for release on Thursday March 10, 2022 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 2022 Black Opal Stakes field is now out with dual acceptors Sweet Ride and Queen Of The Ball leading markets despite also officially still being in the mix for the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes and Group 3 Magic Night Stakes in Sydney on Saturday respectively at time of publish. 

2022 Black Opal Stakes Nominations

The early Black Opal Stakes 2022 nominations are announced on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022 and will be available below.

  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 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. 

2022 Black Opal Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Black Opal Stakes 2022 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 Sweet Ride ($5 at time of publish) 

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. 

2022 Black Opal Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Black Opal Stakes 2022 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). 

Black Opal Stakes Winners

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
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