The best bet you’ll make this weekend is heading down the 2019 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park.  The Black Opal Stakes is one of Thoroughbred’s most popular events and it’s back this Sunday 10 March. Take the lead and gather a bunch of friends for this unforgettable day on the track.

If you’re a seasoned race-goer and looking to outdress last year’s attire, you can check out all the tips you need to know for autumn carnival wear here.

On the other hand, if this long weekend will be the first time you attend the premiere event, here is everything you need to know about the day.

Fans can watch the race and have a punt, fashionistas can enter the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field, the kiddies can enjoy free pony rides, face painting and the Gecko Gang activity centre and frolickers can simply enjoy the stacks of entertainment. If a day on the bubbly catches your attention, you can get your tickets here.   Hospitality options are completely sold out.

The day doesn’t finish on the tracks, head to the offical after-party at The Duxton, O’Connor for the fun to continue.


Gates open: 11.30am
Local racing commences: 1pm
Under 18s: Free (accompanied by parent or guardian)
Parking:  $5 to parking attendants from Rotary who will donate the parking fee to a charity of their choice.
Tickets: Early Bird $20 – $25
Student: $5 (Student ID needs to be provided at door)
Members: GA inclusive
Aged pensioners: $5