The much anticipated clash between Black Caviar and More Joyous will have to be put on hold after Peter Moody decided against sending his super mare to the All Aged Stakes on April 23, 2011.
Black Caviar will stick to her original racing schedule, travelling up to Brisbane next month to make an appearance in both the BTC Cup and the Doomben 10,000.
John Singleton, who owns More Joyous, offered to scratch his mare from the Doncaster Mile this weekend in order to run in a match race with Black Caviar in two weeks’ time.
Peter Moody, who trains Black Caviar, has instead issued a proposal of his own.
“I told ‘Singo’ if he wanted More Joyous to line up against Black Caviar then to bring her up to the Doomben 10,000,” Moody said.
The superstar’s trainer has said that Black Caviar is currently taking part in a quick freshen up before her Brisbane campaign.
“She already has her ‘shoes’ off and is in the paddock,” Moody said.
Mr Singleton has ruled out the possibility of a meeting during the Brisbane Winter Carnival out of the equation.
“More Joyous would have done all those gut-busting mile races and she would only have one week off before Brisbane,” Mr Singleton said.
“We are not going to muck up her whole spring for a $600,000 race.”
Despite refusing to a match race in the winter, Mr Singleton was desperate to have a chance to try and prove More Joyous could be the one to beat Black Caviar in the All Aged Stakes.
“I spoke with Peter Moody but he said the Doncaster or the All Aged is not on the agenda,” Mr Singleton said.
“I said what if they raise the prize money of the All Aged to $2 million, but Peter just said ‘no way’.
“Black Caviar is still in the Doncaster and I even offered to pay the $12,400 final acceptance fee if they would run on Saturday but that’s out, too.”
Australian Turf Club’s Chief Executive, Darren Pearce, said that the Club will be working hard to promote a match race between the two racing talents, but not during the remainder of the autumn.
“Given the amazing interest there is in these two champions meeting, the real challenge for the ATC will be to create a race in the spring or even the following autumn,” Pearce said.