After seemingly cantering to victory in the Schillaci Stakes Black Caviar has earned herself some r and r time as she waits for her next start in the Schweppes Stakes (Moir Stakes).
While that will be her second for the spring and then the Patinack Farm Classic to finish it off, trainer Peter Moody admits he’s looking beyond them as well.
“I’m dying to get her into the Orr and the Futurity; I can’t wait to get her to 1400m or even a mile,” he said.
“I can’t recall her ever pulling in a race. In fact, I think you could ride her from last. I think up to 1400m and a mile in the autumn, that’s when she will really excel.”
Both the Orr and the Futurity are weight for age races in February and potentially could be her final events before heading overseas.
Before then though we’ll find out whether or not she can match the 15 straight wins recorded by Bernborough and Carbine when the Schweppes Stakes jumps at Moonee Valley on October 22.
“She pulled up super and we’ve left her alone today; haven’t even put a brush over her,” Moody said.
“Donna, who looks after her, gave her a walk and a pick around the pool. She had a big feed and a big biscuit of hay back in her box.
“After the races she was back in her box by 6pm for some p and q.”
Moody says he couldn’t believe just how easily she did it in the Schillaci Stakes and that she wasn’t close to a full stretch.
“She hardly raised a sweat,” he said.
“It’s probably the fittest I’ve ever had her first-up. We’re not huge on weighing our horses, but she’d have raced at about 580kg last campaign. I reckon she’s 20 to 30kg lighter this time in.”
A big reason for this according to Moody is that she’s trained on faster this campaign than previously.
That shouldn’t be an issue as she’s expected to win just as easy next start with no extra opposition of note expected to be seen.
In fact there isn’t a horse racing in Australia that seems capable of even pushing Black Caviar, perhaps with the exception of Sepoy but he’s following a different spring path.
While Black Caviar runs in the Schweppes Stakes and then the Patinack on the final day of the carnival, Sepoy will contest the Perri Cutten Plate this weekend before the Coolmore Stakes on Derby Day.
Sepoy’s trained Peter Snowden has previously ruled out changing paths to the Patinack as they seek to earn the most value for the horse as a stud prospect.