1 Chairman’s Welcome Welcome to John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes Race Day – Day 1 of the Canberra Carnival. The Group 3 John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes and the Listed Seears Workwear National Sprint are today’s feature races and are joined by a fantastic support card. On behalf of the Club I would like to extend my gratitude to all today’s sponsors, John McGrath Auto Group, Seears Workwear, Elvin Group, Mane Lodge, Affinity Constructions, PFD Food Services, Seppelt, LandHQ and TAB. We have plenty of entertainment on-course today with Westfield Fashions on the Field running Men’s & Women’s competitions on the trackside lawns. You’ll find a number of DJ’s next to the stage and throughout the grounds and at the conclusion of Race Nine, we will have ARIA nominated KLP keeping the party going in the Betting Ring. We encourage you to consider our Official After-Party Venue – The RUC when looking for a spot to continue on at. Don’t forget there is a free $2,500 bet to be won on the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes. You’ll find all the instructions on how to enter this fantastic competition in your race book. Today’s race meeting also features the 52nd running of our Members Tipping Competition. It’s free to play and available only to members of the Club. To win, you ‘simply’ need to pick the last six winners on the card through the Club’s website. Of course, picking six winners isn’t easy but we’ve had a number of near misses with members correctly selecting 5 out of 6 in previous weeks! The prize pool has jackpotted to $52,000. If it is not won today an additional $1,000 will be added to the pool per meeting until it reaches a total prize pool of $100,000. Full terms and conditions are available on the website. The competition closes at the start of Race 4. We hope you have a great day. Tim Olive Chairman Canberra Racing Club Upcoming Race Meetings Monday 14th March – TAB Canberra Cup Race Day Wednesday 30th March – Hygain Race Day Thoroughbred Park Function and Convention Centre Beautiful function rooms, classy events and catering to all needs.