Black Pearl Stakes Race Information

The Black Pearl is a 1200 metre set weights plus penalties race for fillies and mares run by the Geelong Race Club in October. It is held at Geelong as part of the  Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, fillies & mares, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Geelong Racecourse, Geelong, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 6 January 2024

Black Pearl Race History

See the 2024 Black Pearl Stakes Preview and results.

The race was normally held on a Wednesday in late October, two weeks before the Melbourne Cup. It was on the same day as the Group 3 Geelong Cup over 2400m and the Listed Geelong Classic for three-year-olds over 2000m.

There has been a feature 1200m fillies and mares event on Geelong Cup day since at least 2011 but 2014 seems to be when the Black Pearl name was first used and it was held as a Listed race.

It wasn’t run in 2023 and was moved to a Saturday in early January 2024.

Useful Facts

Multiple winners: none

Fastest time (1200m): Moonlover (2018) 1:10:48

Leading jockey: Mark Zahra with two wins (Wild Vixen 2020; Moonlover 2018)

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the Black Pearl

Winners of past Black Pearl Stakes include Moonlover and River Delta.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Va Via Danny’s St Darci Megamea
2022 Turaath Jump The Broom Larkspur Run
2021 Rainbiel Night Raid How Womantic
2020 Wild Vixen Too Good Too Hard Music Bay
2019 Smart Coupe Gina’s Hope Into The Abyss
2018 Moonlover Split Lip In Good Time
2017 Deja Blue Ghisoni Crystal Fountain
2016 Rockolicious Zara Bay A Lotta Love
2015 Exclusive Lass Nautical Mossbeat
2014 River Delta Danestroem Nadeem Lass
2013 Lady Antebellum Spitfire Lady Nadhima
2012 Honey Flower Koonoomoo Spot On Maggie
2011 Inablitz Sussuro Minnie Mah