She is arguably the best sprint mare Australia, possibly the world, has seen in recent history and on Saturday the unbeaten Black Caviar will once again start the deserved odds-on favourite when she lines up for her 16th career run, and likely win, in the 2011 Patinack Farm Classic.
Running as Flemington Race 5 at 2:15pm (AEDT), the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) is Black Caviar’s for the taking with the defending champ opening at $1.05 in the Luxbet markets to go back-to-back in the Emirates Stakes Day sprint and extend her unbeaten career record to 16.
Unsurprisingly there are no other horses in the Patinack Farm Classic field and odds at single-figures, the next shortest-priced of her brave rivals being one of Black Caviar’s three stablemates engaged, Mid Summer Music at $26 through Luxbet.
Rob Heathcote’s Queensland raider Buffering occupies the third line of Patinack Farm Classic betting paying $31 followed by veteran galloper Scenic Blast and class mare Response at $41 each.
Moody’s two other hopes round out the markets with Curtana at a juicy $51 and Panipique the $201 roughie.
Supporting the bookies Patinack Farm Classic judgment, Moody expressed concerns about the Testa Rossa mare running the 1200 metres competitively.
“All my mares are in good shape,” he said.
“I have genuine concerns of Panipique at a strong 1200, but both Curtana and Mid Summer Music are in good form.”
While the quality of the Patinack Farm Classic field is undeniably weak, excluding of course the superstar in the mix, Moody has urged the race fans and punters not to shy away saying that while top-notch rivals may be avoiding her it didn’t take away from her superstar status.
“Why wouldn’t you want to see a once-in-a-lifetime sprinter in action?” Moody said.
“We don’t pick the opposition.
“She is there to take on all-comers but clearly rivals are avoiding her.
“I have had to put three of her stablemates into the race to make a field.
“You don’t get a champion like her too often in your lifetime and we should be appreciating her, not worrying about what short odds she is or what opposition is pitted against her.”
Saturday will be a special day for jockey Luke Nolen who missed the winning ride aboard his ace mount in the Patinack 12 months ago due to suspension, Ben Melham having taken over the duties to salute aboard the glamour mare for her maiden Group 1 success.
“He was disappointed last year, no doubt in the world, but Luke’s a straight shooter who gets on with life and moves on pretty quickly,” Moody said.
“But he has been a big part of her career the whole way through and certainly it will be to our benefit to have him there (this Saturday).”
After defending her Patinack Farm Classic crown on Saturday Black Caviar is set for an assault on Perth for the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 19.
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2011 Patinack Farm Classic Odds
Flemington Race 5 – 05/11/2011
|1||Scenic Blast (1)||41.00 Luxbet|
|2||Buffering (5)||31.00 Luxbet|
|3||Black Caviar (4)||1.05 Luxbet|
|4||Response (6)||41.00 Luxbet|
|5||Mid Summer Music (2)||26.00 Luxbet|
|6||Curtana (3)||51.00 Luxbet|
|7||Panipique (7)||201.00 Luxbet|
*Odds are Fixed Win and subject to change – see Luxbet for updates and to bet now