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Stakes Increase For Black Opal

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

The countdown is well and truly on for Canberra's premier event, the Black Opal Stakes on Sunday, 5 March. There are four feature races on 'Super Sunday' with almost $900,000 in prize money offered across the eight race program. Prize money for the Gr3 Black Opal has been increased to $300,000 making it an even more attractive target for youngsters looking to qualify for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper a fortnight later. The listed National Sprint and Canberra Guineas both have a purse of $130,000, while the Listed Canberra Cup will be run for $200,000. Takedown's win in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth in November makes him the third Black Opal Stakes winner from the past five years to win at the elite level. The other two being Epaulette (2012) and Criterion (2013).

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