Moody fuming at English press reports on Black Caviar

By: Mark Mazzaglia
April 30th, 2012

Peter Moody is fuming at reports by the English press that his champion mare Black Caviar isn’t world class, but they won’t have to wait long to see she is the world’s number one sprinter.

Moody’s bulking frame will be at Royal Ascot next month in the flesh and the English scribes will be scrambling for cover as the unbeaten Black Caviar takes on the best they have to offer.

The English journalists regard the Sir Henry Cecil trained Frankel as the world’s number one galloper, but a clash with Black Caviar is unlikely because the Galileo four year olds’ best distances are 1600m and over.

“I find it interesting that our horses have to go over there to prove themselves but theirs don’t have to come here,” Moody said.

“Our racing is the equivalent of over there and the standard of our sprinting is better. We race for better prizemoney too so we’ve got nothing to take a backward step over.”

Australian sprinters have proven in the past that they are superior to the Europeans with four wins in the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) since 2003 by Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast.

The Paul Perry trained Choisir also took out the 2003 1200m Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the race which Moody has targeted for Black Caviar on June 23.

Visiting UK race presenter Matt Chapman was at Morphettville on Saturday to witness the mighty mare set the Australasian record of twenty straight wins in the Group 1 $400,000 Sportingbet Classic (1200m) and will be able to pass on the message first hand to the doubting press back in England.

“English racegoers just don’t believe she’s as good as the record suggests,” Chapman said.

“I have a slightly different opinion because I have regard for Hay List.”

“And when she won over seven furlongs (1400m) that showed she wasn’t just a speed freak.”

But Chapman was staying loyal and said he would back Frankel if the pair ever met, which is very unlikely.

The premiership winning trainer said it was farcical that the overseas press were attempting to play down the efforts of Black Caviar’s twenty straight wins.

“I think they found a South American horse the other day that might or might not have won 22 in a row – but really,” Moody said.

“I can remember a horse in my time up in Queensland called Miss Petty that won 21 or 22 in a row but Longreach is a long way from Flemington.”

“In terms of top-class racing she has the record and it’s something this parochial Aussie is very proud about.”

Moody shipped Black Caviar straight back to his Caulfield stables after Saturday’s record breaking win and will return to Morphettville in two weeks for the Group 1 $500,000 The Distinctive Homes Goodwood (1200m) before flying out to England.

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