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Four Ways to Enjoy Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes

Ashleigh Went

Whether you’re into racing or not, the Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes is always guaranteed to be a fun day out at the track.

The line up this year looks to be the best yet, with options available for everyone.

Here are our tips on making the best of the day:

Make it a family affair

There’s no need to organise a babysitter for Black Opal – with free kids entertainment on offer, you can bring the whole family along.

For starters, it’s not going to cost you a fortune – kids under 18 get free entry. There’s a range of activities to keep the little ones busy, including free face painting and a jumping castle.

If sipping bubbly isn’t your man’s thing, send him to the special craft beer bar where he can get his fix.

There’s plenty of food on offer for the family, with food stalls including Casey Jones Gastropub, Gozleme and Jacko’s Pizza Vendor, as well as Snaffles café.


Put your most stylish foot forward

Whether you’re entering or merely spectating, The Myer Fashions on the Field is always a race day highlight.

If you consider yourself a bit of a fashionista, it’s well worth joining in on the fun and entering – you could score yourself some fabulous prizes and gift cards. Make sure you register between noon and 1:30pm. Judging will kick off shortly after, beginning with the Classic Mens category.


Get Glam with CMA

Race days can be rather long – from getting ready in the morning to celebrating well in the afternoon or evening.

Canberra Makeup Academy will be on hand to keep you looking glam, with a stall in the betting ring next to the Hat Man shop. They’ll be lending their well manicured and skilled hands for makeup touch ups throughout the day, as well as foot massages (the ultimate cure for feet suffering high heel fatigue!).


Bring your dancing shoes

There will be bucketloads of entertainment on offer. Perennial favourites Big Boss Groove are back, as are The Guitar Cases. There will also be live local DJ’s in various spots, and the Fool Factory will be roaming the course providing their signature stage clown and comic character entertainment.

the essentials

What: The Mercedes-Benz Canberra Black Opal Stakes
When: Sunday 5 March 2017
Where: Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell
Tickets: Buy tickets online at


Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author