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Punters looking at the Cranbourne barrier trial programme for this coming Monday will have experienced an elevated heart rate upon seeing the line-up in the first, Peter Moody’s undefeated turf queen Black Caviar scheduled to take on Darley’s star colt Sepoy.
While it would certainly shape up as one of the sprint showdowns of the century, and it’s not even under race conditions, the Black Caviar v Sepoy trial is in doubt with a decision on whether the ‘Black Flash’ will appear pending.
Moody rained on racing fans’ parade when expressing queries over whether his six-time elite level winning mare Black Caviar would in fact trial in the 800 metre open hitout this Monday for the first time since taking out the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben in May.
“I threw in a speculative nom and will make a decision later in the week,” Moody said.
The unbeaten megastar is being prepared to resume in the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield Guineas Day on October 8, and Moody is in no moody to rush Black Caviar’s progress or risk a set back with a tough clash against Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper winner Sepoy.
“I am not shying away from Sepoy but she is such a competitive mare and I was just looking to have a soft gallop somewhere,” he said.
“If Sepoy presents himself it is probably not going to be the case and the last think I want to do is overtax her in a trial.”
There is still a glimmer of hope for enthusiasts wanting to catch an early glimpse of Black Caviar however.
“If I think she is too big and burly later in the week she might have the trip down there,” Moody said.
“Otherwise she will do it at home like she usually does.”
Of her upcoming return to the turf where she will be defending her Schillaci Stakes title before her spring prep culminates with another title defence in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington in November, Moody said Black Caviar was in excellent form and was exactly where he wanted her.
“She is full of herself and I wish the race (the Schillaci Stakes) was this weekend to get it out of the way,” Moody said.
Regardless of whether Black Caviar is on or off the menu, Monday’s Cranbourne trial will still be worth a look in to catch a glimpse of Sepoy’s form ahead of the 2011 Manikato Stakes.
Snowden’s Elusive Quality three-year-old is two from two for the season and is gearing up to take on his first test against older horses in the $500,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) under the lights at Moonee Valley on September 30.
Manikato Stakes 2011 odds currently have Black Caviar as the $1.70 favourite, but Moody has all but ruled her out of contention.
This leaves Sepoy as the betting favourite, his current quote set to firm when official nominations are taken.
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