With the torrential rain that has plagued Brisbane in recent months, it seemed unlikely that this weekend’s BTC Cup would be run on anything more than a heavy or slow track at Doomben Racecourse.
However, with the racing gods apparently shining on Black Caviar as she attempts to win her 13th straight race in the Cup, it appears that the track very well may be destined to reach a Good 3.
Trainer Peter Moody has been constantly rewarded with good weather on all tracks that he has raced Black Caviar on.
“You wouldn’t believe her weather record,” Moody said.
“It’s been raining cats and dogs up here for ages, with heavy tracks everywhere and it was the same when she won the T. J. Smith in Sydney – Heavy 8s and 9s either side of it but a dead track for her.
“Even the Newmarket and Lightning at Flemington were the same.”
Moody said that tracks had an uncanny way of firming up in the days leading up to Black Caviar’s races, giving her an optimum surface to run on.
“I remember the talk two days before the Lightning was whether she’d run on a heavy track but it stopped raining and I think the track was dead from memory,” Moody said.
Doomben Racecourse track manager, Bill Schuck, said that the surface was predicted to be a Dead 4 at the worst, with early signs indicating it will in fact be a Good 3 rated track.
“It looks beautiful,” Schuck said.