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Black Caviar will head to Sydney after William Reid Stakes

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A double Sydney Autumn appearance is on the agenda for Black Caviar after she completes her assignment in the Group 1 $400,000 Hacer Group William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

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Black Caviar winning the Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington in record time. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Only some sought of catastrophe will prevent the undefeated Black Caviar from recording her twenty-fourth win in the weight for age race that she won in 2011.

Black Caviar, the world’s number one sprinter comes up against six opponents at Moonee Valley and the task ahead looks one of her easiest assignments and has been posted the $1.05 favourite with Luckygray her nearest rival at $21.

Peter Moody will then turn his attention to The BMW Sydney Carnival with the Group 1 $1m Darley T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick on April 13 firmly on the list and a run in the Group 1 $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 27 will also be considered.

“I’m looking at the T J Smith and we will worry about possible options after that,” Moody said.

Of the All Aged Stakes Moody said “It’s a Group 1, weight-for-age. Everything fits the criteria as a race for her.”

Moody sent Black Caviar to Peter Clarke’s water-walker complex at Murchison after her record breaking win in the Group 1 $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 16 and the mighty mare was quick to recover from her first up run.

“She felt the Lightning. It was a hot day and she ran that record time and she was a bit jaded,” Moody said.

“She has been back at Caulfield for three weeks and done three pieces of work on the course proper and she has prepped up particularly well.”

“I’m very happy with the way she has come on the last three week.”

“I think she is going every bit as good as she has throughout her career.”

A run in the All Aged Stakes could see Black Caviar come up against her illustrious half-brother All Too Hard who has recovered from a virus that saw him a race morning scratching from the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 2.

Prominent owner Neil Werrett has major shares in both Black Caviar and All Too Hard but Team Hawkes head trainer John Hawkes has given the green light for the high priced three year old to resume his Autumn campaign in Sydney.

“Yes, he’ll be going to the All Aged Stakes at the end of April and he won’t race beforehand either,” Hawkes said.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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