It seems there’s no escaping the Black Caviar fever as her trainer Peter Moody discovered in Brisbane last Saturday, the Victorian horseman’s win at Eagle Farm with Irish Dream overshadowed by talks of the world’s top-rated thoroughbred who has reportedly put on a healthy 60 kilograms in recent weeks.
After progressive mare Irish Dream won a Class 6 Handicap on Tattersall’s Tiara Day, possibly earning her a shot at Group glory during the upcoming Melbourne Spring Carnival, all the press wanted to drill the maestro coach about was the progress of Black Caviar.
Currently enjoying a well-deserved spell having bought her superlative racing record up to 13 consecutive wins, including her last six at the highest level, with a victory in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 14, Moody confirmed that Black Caviar was close to returning to work.
“She’s put on 60 kilos and will be back in light work under saddle on Monday and back into our Caulfield stable in a month,” Moody confirmed.
The daughter of Bel Esprit has already amassed close to $3.5 million in career earnings, but just how much more Black Caviar will add to that by racing in Australia during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is yet to be determined.
Moody and connections are keeping their options wide open with Black Caviar, with there even being talks of the superstar sprinter jetting over to WA to tackle the Perth Summer Carnival next prep.
One rumour Moody was quick to put to bed was that he would be bypassing giving Black Caviar the chance to defend her title in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic on Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington in November.
Last week owner of fellow mare More Joyous, John Singleton said he had come to an agreement with the likes of Moody and Hay List’s trainer John McNair not to run their horses in this year’s Patinack Farm Classic due to a controversial $600,000 bonus being offered to international horses contesting the event.
With Singapore sprinter Rocket Man set to travel down under for the race and a tilt at the lucrative bonus, Singleton said if he runs then More Joyous, Hay List and Black Caviar would not on principal.
But Moody said that he had not confirmed such an agreement and that he would run Black Caviar in any race he deemed suitable for her preparation.
“It’s been said that we will miss the Patinack as a protest but we will be running in the most suitable races,” Moody said.
“Being a $1 million weight-for-age sprint, it (the Patinack Farm Classic) is certainly that.”
Although Aussie racing fans are keen to see more of the queen, Black Caviar’s owners are also still holding hopes of an overseas campaign at Royal Ascot in June next year.
While Royal Ascot is the main aim for 2012, Moody said that there was also a chance of an earlier international crusade with Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai and Singapore all still on the cards.
“If we are to concentrate on getting her to Royal Ascot (in 2012), I’ll have to weigh up whether making another trip beforehand will be in her best interests,” Moody said.
Whatever track she runs at and whatever race she targets, the upcoming season for Black Caviar will be an historic one with the world eager to see just how many more records she can add to her name before the magic runs out.