Rain Won’t Spoil Quality Of Caviar

By: Ryan Clark
March 22nd, 2011

We’ve seen the wet weather trip up hot favourites like Sepoy and Satin Shoes in recent weeks but Peter Moody has no concerns that Black Caviar will suffer the same fate.

Earlier this month Moody said Black Caviar would not run in the Newmarket Handicap if the ground was badly rain affected but he says the mare is an almost certain starter this week regardless of weather.

“The threat not to run in the Newmarket was weight related,” said Moody’s racing manager Jeff O’Connor.

“The forecast is a slight concern but it’s a weight-for-age race on Friday night and not a handicap.”

Black Caviar is untried in slow or heavy ground having and has only the four runs on a dead track.

With showers forecast for Tuesday it could be very interesting and potentially devastating for the thousands of race fan expected to be in attendance.

Special buses have even been organised for patrons to get to Moonee Valley and she is expected to be the shortest of short odds on favourites for the race.

She’s recently been working in the unfamiliar clockwise direction and travelling extremely well by all reports.

Connections have also been pondering an approach by Australian racing to set up a match race with More Joyous during April.

“We’re not going to rule out the All-Aged Stakes just yet,” O’Connor said.

From there it’s a three week break before the first of her races on a planned Brisbane expedition with locals and administrators praying she arrives in Queensland unbeaten.

While she is making her connections very very rich, this horse also represents a massive influx of cash at whichever track she chooses to race.

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