Online bookmaker Sportsbet is the first to post markets for the Black Opal Stakes and other majors for Canberra on Sunday.
Here is a look at the main races of the program, leading off with the time honoured Black Opal Stakes for two-year-olds.
Black Opal Stakes
Form colts Mr Cha Cha ($3.20), Ghibellines ($2.80), who were second and third respectively in the Canonbury Stakes last start, dominate the market here. Two-time Randwick winner Alpha Miss ($7.00) Greco ($5.50), from the in-form “Team Hawkes” stable deserve respect.
El Roca, after his controversial withdrawal by stewards last weekend, deserves his $1.60 quote. El Roca will only start here if Warwick Farm is heavy on Saturday. The Peter Snowden trained Malice ($8.00) and Lorna May May ($8.00) will battle out favouritism should El Roca be scratched. Interspersed ($10) will also come into calculations if the Kiwi colt does not run.
Some Gai Waterhouse magic will be needed to get early favourite Julienas ($3.00) over the line first. The seven-year-old is first-up with 60kgs. The David Hayes trained Extra Zero ($4.20) is the main danger and Chris Waller’s Lunayir ($5.50) will be suited this trip.
John McGrath National Sprint.
Highly fancied Doncaster hope Messene ($2.10) will be the punters pin-up if he can win the last. The Hawkes runner won his previous five starts before a spell. The Gerald Ryan trained Dances on Stars ($4.00) and David Payne’s eight year old Centennial Park are the only other runners under $10.
Markets courtesy of Sportsbet.com.au
Black Opal Stakes
$3.70 Mr Cha Cha
$7.00 Alpha Miss
$16 Lucky Raquie
$21 Heatwater Country
$34 Quietly Brilliant, Berry Delicious
$51 I Am Snippety
$67 Sure And Fast, Calypso Choice
$101 Bootlegging, American Time
$1.60 El Roca
$8.00 Malice, Lorna May
$13 Mr Jackman
$15 Estonian Princess, Just A Blur
$41 Superstition, The Monster, Liberty’s Choice, Best Case
$61 Takewing, Cramming
$4.20 Extra Zero
$8.00 Midsummer Sun
$8.50 Jacquinot Bay
$12 Boogie Shoes, Smart Moochi
$13 Alma’s Fury
John McGrath National Sprint
$4.00 Dances On Stars
$9.00 Centennial Park
$11 Capital Commander
$13 Under The Sun, Jacinta
$34 Prince Of Capers, Doubtful Miss