2012 Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature Black Caviar

Superstar sprinter Black Caviar was a surprise entry for the Newmarket Handicap 2012 when nominations for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival feature were taken by Racing Victoria this week.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar is still a chance to defend her Newmarket Handicap title in 2012

Set to run as one of two elite level showdowns on Australian Cup Day, March 10, the $1 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) drew 72 early entries this year, including reigning champion Black Caviar.

Although tipped to be in the paddock preparing for an overseas assault by March, Black Caviar isn’t being pigeonholed this season with trainer Peter Moody throwing in nominations for any and all suitable event.

“I have thrown in a nomination just like I threw in a nomination for Dubai,” Moody said.

“It’s just in case.

“Who knows what could happen? She could get a stone bruise.”

Black Caviar, now undefeated in 16, won the Newmarket last year by an easy three lengths over the ill-fated Crystal Lily as the shortest-priced favourite and fastest winner of the race in its 137-year history, and will shoot for No. 17 this Friday night when she resumes at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m).

Along with his stable darling Black Caviar Moody is also represented in the 2012 Newmarket Handicap nominations by 10 others including Flight Stakes runner-up Hallowell Belle, Caulfield Guineas third placegetter Huegill, last-start Emirates Stakes runner-up King’s Rose, one-time Caulfield Cup favourite Lights Of Heaven and undefeated three-year-old Moment Of Change.

Also boasting a large number of Newmarket Handicap hopefuls at nomination stage is leading Sydney horseman Peter Snowden who has entered the likes of the ever-consistent Group 1 winning Beaded and lightly-raced Commands filly Altar.

Other notable 2012 Newmarket Handicap nominations include Rob Heathcote’s Brisbane galloper Buffering, classy Fastnet Rock colt Foxwedge, last-start Winterbottom Stakes winner Ortensia, Cox Plate third placegetter Rekindled Interest, Grahame Begg’s Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer, Emirates Stakes champ Albert The Fat and hulking sprinter Hay List who has been sidelined with injury since his second to Black Caviar in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) back in May.

Newmarket Handicap first acceptances will be taken on February 21 followed by the release of weights on the 28th and then the final field on March 7.

Whether or not Black Caviar shoots for back-to-back Newmarket victories will also rest on how much weight she is allocated.

Last year she carted a hefty 58kg to victory, one of her most memorable and remarkable achievements to date.

“Who knows what weight she would get in the Newmarket?” Moody questioned.

Only one mare has carried more to a Newmaket Handicap win, Pendant with 60.5kg back in 1906.

Stay tuned to Races.com.au throughout the autumn to stay up to date with the latest.

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2012 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Flemington 10/03/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien 80
2 AFRICAN PULSE Michael Moroney 84
3 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller 113
4 ALTAR Peter Snowden
5 BEADED Peter Snowden 114
6 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 101
7 BIGELOW Clinton McDonald 88
8 BLACK CAVIAR Peter G Moody 130
9 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 107
10 CATAPULTED Mark Kavanagh 107
11 CELEBRITY GIRL Mark Kavanagh 88
12 COLUMBUS David Hayes 77
13 CURTANA Peter G Moody 101
14 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 78
16 DOUBTFUL JACK Peter G Moody 102
17 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes 104
18 EMERALD DOWNS Anthony Cummings 76
19 ESPRIT DE BULLET (NZ) Mick Price 82
20 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan 103
21 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 75
22 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea 102
23 GRAN SASSO David Brideoake & David Feek 95
24 GRAND NIRVANA Fred Kersley 109
25 HALLE ROCKS Mick Price 72
26 HALLOWELL BELLE Peter G Moody 91
27 HAY LIST John McNair 115
28 HUEGILL Peter G Moody 86
29 HUXSSEN Leigh Childs 87
30 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg 111
31 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 113
32 KNEELING John P Thompson 82
33 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody 97
34 LE SOCIETE Peter G Moody 78
35 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 105
36 LIKE AN EAGLE Ross & Clint Price 82
37 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh 89
38 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 108
39 MASTER HARRY Peter G Moody 98
40 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne 102
41 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson 95
42 MISS MATARI Kevin Milham 78
43 MISS STELLABELLE Mark Kavanagh 88
44 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 74
45 MR CHARD Dean Lawson 97
46 ORTENSIA Paul Messara
47 PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson 94
48 PAPRIKA Liam Birchley
49 PARABLES Peter Snowden 100
50 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan 103
51 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 108
52 POTIONS John P Thompson 78
53 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride 104
55 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 109
56 RIFLEMAN David Hayes 70
57 ROCK CLASSIC Bart Cummings 104
58 SALADE Gwenda Markwell
59 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 114
60 SHOCK VALUE David Hayes 97
61 SISTER MADLY John Sadler 110
62 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 101
63 STIRLING GROVE Richard Jolly 96
64 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan 108
65 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 110
66 UNIQUE QUALITY Frankie Stockdale 72
67 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 66
68 WARATAH’S SECRET Jim P Taylor 107
69 WEEKEND SPECIAL Mark Kavanagh 85
70 WE’RE GONNA ROCK Mark Kavanagh 95
71 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 107
72 ZAMORAR David Bourne 82