A stealthy mission from Melbourne to Brisbane has seen champion mare Black Caviar cross two borders undetected and silently move into her temporary home on the outskirts of the Brisbane CBD.
She’s arrived in plenty of time ahead of next week’s Group 1 BTC Cup to get accustomed to the Doomben surface and unfamiliar surroundings.
Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club Kevin Dixon verified Black Caviar’s arrival in the river city but wouldn’t give up details on which stable she was being housed.
Her first run on the main track at Doomben was scheduled for this Saturday.
“I’m not sure exactly when she arrived but she’s here,” Dixon said.
“We’re making arrangements for her to work on the course proper at Doomben but that will depend whether Peter Moody wants her to work then.”
Moody was forced to transfer his star asset via float from her Melbourne base due to ongoing issues with air horse transport making a flight unavailable.
Fortunately the road mission went down without a hitch and all reports are that she has arrived fit and well and is happy in her new surroundings at a stable somewhere in Eagle Farm.
Highlighting the importance of the mare to the Brisbane Winter Carnival is the construction of a brand new stable capable of holding a dozen horses being built specifically for Black Caviar.
“We are building about a dozen stables at Eagle Farm and one is specifically for Black Caviar,” Dixon said.
“We are making sure there will be appropriate security.”
There will be similar security on hand for her main opposition Hay List when he arrives in Brisbane to embark on another mission at toppling the wonder mare.
Black Caviar has already become one of the most important horses in Australia’s history when she became the first Aussie trained horse to be ranked number one on the World Thoroughbred Rankings.
Despite still being unbeaten from 12 starts the mail is she is going to lose her title when the latest batch of ratings are released thanks to the incredible win by Frankel in the English 2000 Guineas.
She’ll be a short priced favourite when she makes her debut run in Queensland in the Group 1 BTC Cup where she’ll be looking to extend her record to 13 straight.
It could be one of her toughest challenges yet with a healthy list of 16 first acceptors not frightened away by her imposing record.