Ace Victorian trainer Peter Moody has his attention solely focused on saddling up his megastar mare Black Caviar for the BTC Cup on Saturday, despite her title as the ‘world’s best’ being under threat.
One of the many headlines Moody’s unbeaten Bel Esprit four-year-old Black Caviar has made of late was becoming the first Australian-trained thoroughbred to top the world rankings.
Undefeated in 12 and bolting ever closer to surpassing Queensland’s former great galloper Bernborough’s record of 15 consecutive wins, Black Caviar made history when given the top spot in the World Thoroughbred Rankings with 130.
Her impressive succession of victories, that at that stage included four Group 1 wins but she is now a five-time elite level champion, had her earmarked as not only the best in Australia but in the world.
With the next interim World Thoroughbred Rankings due out next month, Moody isn’t buying into the debate over whether gun English colt Frankel will overtake his queen of the turf.
The current autonomous Timeform Global Rankings have sparked a saga with Galileo three-year-old Frankel, emphatic winner of Newmarket’s Two Thousand Guineas last month, allotted 142 while Black Caviar’s Timeform rating sits at 135.
“At the end of the day you can’t eat the title of world’s best horse,” Moody said.
“For the moment we’re happy to rejoice in having the title.
“But that’s not something which drives me when I plan her program.
“It’s nice right now to be listed as the trainer of the horse currently rated the best, but if it changes it changes.
“My job is to focus on having Black Caviar at her best for a race at Doomben.”
Black Caviar is shooting for a baker’s dozen this Saturday as she headlines a crack field for the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
Her awesome ability has her sitting as the pronounced favourite in the early BTC Cup odds, her only foreseeable danger being Hay List.
Although John McNair’s hulking five-year-old Hay List has failed to get within three lengths of Black Caviar in the trio of times the pair have faced off, connections come into the BTC Cup showdown with confidence.
Indeed, Hay List does look in career best form having won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 23 by an easy three and a half lengths before his scintillating seven and a half length barrier trial victory over 1000m at Randwick last week.
Hay List’s regular rider Glyn Schofield, who has had to put his association with the smart galloper on hold due to an injured collarbone, is one of the gelding’s biggest supporters.
“I think he’ll really take it to the mare this week,” Schofield said.
McNair also supports that Hay List has shown enough to suggest he can put a genuine challenge on Caviar.
“He’s ready to go,” McNair said.
“It wasn’t what he won the trial by, it was the acceleration he showed doing it.”
Moody, however, believes otherwise and can’t see any upset turning of the tables on Saturday.
“The wheels would have to fall off for him (Hay List) to beat her,” Moody said.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Hay List, but if you go on facts, figures and form he can’t beat her unless something goes wrong.”
Although it will be five weeks between runs by Saturday for Black Caviar, whose most recent track victory came in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 9 where she easily chased down Hay List to score by three lengths, she showed she was also ready to step up with a sharp track workout at the course proper at Doomben on Saturday morning.
“Everything is good with the mare,” Moody said.
“She worked well on Saturday at Doomben and she gets a weight pull on him (Hay List in the BTC Cup).”
Partnered by Moody’s foreman Pat Bell for her Doomben gallop Saturday morning, Black Caviar showed sterling form hitting the line with exceptional style.
Now having associated herself with the Doomben track, Moody will give her another run on Tuesday morning.