Rocketing Challenge for Black Caviar in the Spring

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Black Caviar

Black Caviar could be challenged by Singapore sprint star Rocket Man in the Spring

Australia’s best horse, the to date undefeated Black Caviar, has been sent a challenge of the greatest proportions by Singapore star Rocket Man after their slashing win in the Krisflyer International Sprint on the weekend.

The Patrick Shaw-trained Rocket Man emulated the speed, talent and blistering acceleration of Peter Moody’s superlative mare Black Caviar with their stunning victory in the $A759,000 Group 1 KrisFlyer Sprint (1200m) at Singapore’s Kranji Racecourse on Sunday night.

After settling third in the star-studded field, the raging $1.40 favourite Rocket Man moved up to challenge with 300m to go before taking complete control over his rivals to win running away by a widening four and three quarter lengths over Eclair Fastpass ($32.30), while Perfect Pins ($69.30) was a further head away third.

Following the sensational win, trainer Shaw threw down the challenge to Black Caviar saying his horse was “clearly better” than our beloved ‘Black Flash’.

“I’ve been wanting it (to challenge Black Caviar),” Shaw said.

“We’ll take her on any time.

“He’ll beat her, I’ve always thought he’s clearly the better horse.”

Black Caviar cruised to her 13th consecutive career-win in the BTC Cup at Doomben on May 14 before Moody made the decision to send her for a spell ahead of the spring.

Ready to equal Phar Lap’s 14 straight win record next season, Black Caviar’s Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign will culminate with the daughter of Bel Esprit defending her title in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington’s Emirates Stakes Day, November 5, 2011.

Last week the Victoria Racing Club announced a lucrative new Global Sprint Challenge incentive bonus for international sprinters heading towards this year’s Patinack Farm Classic.

Not only has the purse for the feature sprint been increased from $750,000 to $1 million, but the VRC also announced that an additional $600,000 in stakes will be awarded to the Patinack Farm Classic winner should the horse have won any earlier leg of the current 2011 Global Sprint Challenge series.

Rocket Man is now in contention for this bonus and could potentially bag a total $1.2 million in prize money if they defeat the queen in the Patinack Farm Classic.

Shaw will travel to Melbourne in the upcoming weeks to inspect the city’s training and quarantine facilities before confirming his plans to bring Rocket Man down under for the run that is a scintillating prospect for racing fans around the world.

Bred in Australia, Rocket Man is a son of top sire Viscount and has now won 15 of their 19 career starts for an impressive $A3.8 million in prize money, which is just over $500,000 more than Black Caviar has accumulated in stakes winnings to date.

About The Author

Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the horseracing.com.au team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.


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