The Caulfield Guineas Day acceptances have been released by Racing Victoria this morning including those for Black Caviar’s next race, the 2011 Schillaci Stakes, where the Peter Moody-trained megastar will jump mid-field from barrier five.
Originally eight horses, lead by the world’s highest-rated sprinter Black Caviar, were nominated for the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) but Racing Victoria extended nominations and four other gallopers were entered.
After no genuine threats were among the entries to challenge Moody’s stable ace Black Caviar as she attempts to equal the late-great Phar Lap’s record of 14 consecutive turf triumphs, Moody opted to accept 11th hour entry Kulgrinda making for a nine-horse Schillaci Stakes 2011 final field.
Moody will now be vying for not only back-to-back wins following Black Caviar’s first-up success in the race last spring, but also the 2011 Schillaci Stakes quinella, and his top-shelf mares will take some beating when the showdown runs as Caulfield Race 4 at 1:20pm (EDT).
Having her debut run as a five-year-old under race conditions, Black Caviar has drawn gate five of nine in the Schillaci Stakes barrier draw, slightly wider than her barrier two of eight start in last year’s edition.
Stablemate to the Schillaci Stakes betting favourite, Exceed And Excel four-year-old Kulgrinda has drawn one outside of Black Caviar in barrier six.
Set to get a gun ride from Craig Newitt beside the speed machine, Kulgrinda will look to return to form having been beaten 10 lengths when finishing dead last behind Sepoy in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday night on an unsuitably soft Slow (6) track.
Karuta Queen, the other most noteworthy Schillaci Stakes acceptor, has suffered an early blow in her bid to bring down Black Caviar drawing gate eight.
The Neville Layt-trained Not A Single Doubt filly comes off a strong win in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on September 17 where she also jumped from out wide, but she will need to improve tremendously to threaten Black Caviar.
“I’m a realist, if I run second I’ll be really wrapped but in this game you never know,” Layt said optimistically.
“She’s right on top of her game.
“If she wins then she’ll be fantastic.”
Stirling Grove, another late entry, was one of the big winners in the Schillaci Stakes barriers, Richard Jolly’s Morphettville-based Mossman gelding drawing ideally in gate two.
Meanwhile the Gary Portelli-trained duo of Platinum Skye and Eight Bills both came up with awkward gates drawing barrier seven and nine respectively.
Rounding out the 2011 Schweppes Schillaci Stakes field and barriers are Michael Kent’s lightly-raced four-year-old Ra Ikane (one), South Australian raider Morgan Dollar (three) and Brett Partelle’s Honours List gelding Tasos (four) coming off a 900 metre win at Newcastle.
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2011 Schillaci Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rtg.|
|1||28X2382430||MORGAN DOLLAR||Stuart Gower||Chris Symons||3||58.5kg||89|
|2||31X21610X5||STIRLING GROVE||Richard Jolly||Damien Oliver||2||58.5kg||95|
|3||X1524X05X4||EIGHT BILLS||Gary Portelli||Mark Zahra||9||58.5kg||92|
|4||X1231330X1||TASOS||Brett Partelle||Dwayne Dunn||4||58.5kg||72|
|5||18X||RA IKANE||Michael Kent||–||1||58.5kg||62|
|6||111X11111X||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||56.5kg||128|
|7||1124X1148||KULGRINDA||Peter G Moody||Craig Newitt||6||56.5kg||99|
|8||X1X16213X5||PLATINUM SKYE||Gary Portelli||Nash Rawiller||7||56.5kg||91|
|9||111120X341||KARUTA QUEEN||Neville Layt||Tommy Berry||8||51kg||94|