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There seems to be endless possibilities for the world’s highest-rated mare in 2012, Victorian horseman Peter Moody this week nominating his undefeated turf queen Black Caviar for the lucrative sprint features of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival in March.
A winner of all 16 of her 16 career starts to date for an incredible $4.38 million in prize money, brilliant Bel Esprit five-year-old Black Caviar has captured the attention and hearts of the Australian racing public and will this year be showcased overseas for the first time.
While the Royal Ascot Carnival in England mid-year was tipped to host to Black Caviar’s international debut, Moody is keeping the options open with two Group 1 Dubai World Cup Carnival race nominations made for the speedster.
Current plans for Black Caviar next race are for the champ to resume racing in the $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27.
She will then progress onto other Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features including the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 2 and the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes at the same track and distance on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 25.
There is now also a “pie in the sky” chance that the glamour girl of racing could feature alongside the likes of the Darley-owned boom colts Sepoy and Helmet on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan on March 31.
“We may finish her campaign here sometime in early March and Dubai is at the end of March – then the UK in June,” Moody explained.
“There would be no drama there (getting to Dubai).”
Black Caviar has been entered for both the $1.2 million Group 1 Golden Shaheen (1200m) at Tapeta’s synthetic surface, as well as the $600,000 Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) on the grass.
Of the two events it is the 2012 Golden Shaheen, the third leg of the 2012 Global Sprint Challenge, which looks the more appealing for Black Caviar.
If accepted, Black Caviar would come face to face with Peter Snowden’s four-time Group 1 winning Elusive Quality three-year-old Sepoy, making for one of the hottest sprint showdowns in racing history.
The Dubai International Racing Club manager Martin Talty was pleased about having lured a Black Caviar nomination for the Dubai World Cup Carnival this year, naming her as the best sprinter of the modern racing era.
“Black Caviar is the best sprinter in the world of the past 20 years,” Talty told Paris Turf.
“This is the first time trainer Peter Moody has entered her outside Australia and we would be delighted to see her in Dubai.
“It is an honour for the racecourse here.”
Talty also mentioned the mouth-watering clash between Sepoy and Black Caviar as something all race fans in Australia would be very eager to see.
“All Australians want to see her run against Sepoy, who is owned by Sheikh Mohammed,” he said.
“With So You Think involved in the World Cup, the three best horses in Australia in recnet years could all run in Dubai.”
Dual Cox Plate winning Aussie expat So You Think, now prepared by Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, was entered for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (2000m) this week and installed as the early favourite in futures betting on the world’s richest race.
“It would be exciting if he ran,” Coolmore Stud’s Australian manager Tom Magnier said.
While far from confirming a Dubai appearance, Moody said there was no harm in making the free nomination.
“It was a free entry, so I whacked her in,” he said.
“I haven’t even discussed it with the owners, but I’d like to keep my options open.”
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