“Full Steam Ahead” to Lightning for Black Caviar

Black is back.

Black Caviar

Peter Moody is confident Black Caviar can make a successful comeback to the track in the Black Caviar Lightning on February 16. Photo by: Steven Dowden.

Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody is as confident as ever the champion sprinter will  make a successful return to the track after she produced a dominant performance in an 800-metre jump-out at Sandown on Tuesday.

“She had a half-mile jump-out at Sandown yesterday morning and we’re very pleased with the outcome,” Moody told 4BC Radio.

“She had a good gallop, it’s full steam ahead.

“Everything appears great, the vets and chiropractors have given her the all clear and Luke [Nolen] was very happy with her yesterday.”

With race jockey Luke Nolen in the saddle, the six-year-old jumped from a wide barrier and hit the lead at the top of the straight to gallop swiftly away from her rivals.

Provided no complications arise, Moody sees no reason why the super mare can’t continue with her well-documented plan that consists of a public gallop at Caulfield on February 2 before a first-up test in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 16.

“She’s in good shape, she’ll have a gallop between races at Caulfield on the second of February and then all being well we’ll go into the Lightning,” Moody said.

The leading Victorian trainer admits she is a race-by-race proposition but suggested she will head to Sydney provided all goes to plan in the Lightning.

“The principal owner [Neil Werrett] lives in Sydney and she’s only ever had one run there,” he said.

“After the Lightning I’d probably like to head to Sydney and let Neil have the thrill of racing in his own city.”

The grand plan would have the unbeaten superstar having a farewell tour that could potentially end in Moody’s home state of Queensland at the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

“I’d love to have her up there, I’ve got a bit of unfinished business in Brisbane. I pulled her out of the Doomben 10,000 a couple of years ago,” Moody said.

“It’s probably the only major in Queensland that’s alluded me.”

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