Country galloper Arrogant Cat will have the biggest test of her short career when she lines up against Black Caviar in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley this Friday night.
The four-year-old has had just three previous runs, with her first victory coming in an Ararat maiden on January 16.
The Tiger Hill mare was purchased from the 2008 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $30,000 and has since earned almost $7,000 in prize money.
Trainer Mark Webb has nominated both Arrogant Cat and Johannapine to contest Friday’s 2012 Australia Stakes.
Webb is hoping his mares can earn some valuable black type in the race, while other trainers choose to take their runners elsewhere.
“I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and look at the field but with Black Caviar going around she will obviously scare a few off and there could be a chance to run into some black type if there is only a small field,” he said.
“Running a placing in a stakes race to Black Caviar can certainly add some value to a mare.”
The trainer believes Arrogant Cat is the more likely of his two runners to find herself passing the post in the top three.
“Arrogant Cat won her maiden in good style at Ararat, she is a filly on the way up and there might only be five or six in the field on Friday night,” he said.
“At the end of the day we know we can’t beat Black Caviar but there is no harm in daring to dream.”
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