Australia’s turf darling Black Caviar will shoot for her 20th consecutive career win in Adelaide this autumn before being taken overseas to be raced on the global stage, but which race trainer Peter Moody will run her in remains open.
The South Australian Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer Brenton Wilkinson confirmed on Tuesday that he had spoken to Moody on the phone, the premier Victorian-based horseman confirming Morphettville as the venue of Black Caviar’s next race.
Undefeated in her opening 19 career starts to date the world’s highest-rated mare has racked up a seemingly endless list of accolades and records including nine Group 1 victories for over $5 million in career earnings.
A modest 2008 yearling purchase for just $210,000 no one could have predicted the rise through the ranks and permanent position in both the spotlight and the history books the now five-year-old Bel Esprit mare has enjoyed.
Black Caviar is now set to be sent on an international campaign with the riches of England’s Royal Ascot Carnival calling.
But first the superlative sprinter, who was last seen winning her second Lightning Stakes in Flemington on February 18, will attempt her 20th turf triumph on the trot on home soil.
She has done it all and won across three states with success gracing her in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
But Black Caviar has never been to South Australia, until now.
Moody confirmed this morning that he would race his stable ace in either the $350,000 Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on April 28 or the $350,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on March 12 at Morphettville.
“I can confirm following a telephone conversation with Peter Moody this morning Black Caviar will have her next race start at Morphettville,” Wilkinson said on Tuesday.
“Peter said we can take the Distinctive Goodwood as done however he will also nominate her for the Sportingbet Classic Group 1 (Robert Sangster Stakes).”
Black Caviar will trial in Melbourne at Caulfield on April 19, after which Moody will reassess her condition and make a decision on which of the Morphettville races she will run in.
“After she trials the plan is to head to South Australia,” Moody himself said.
Moody also hadn’t ruled out running her in both events, which would be a double bonus for South Australian Racing and the Adelaide fans.
“Both the conditions and the timing of the races are perfect for her,” he said.
“If she runs in both it still fits in well with her departure date for England.
“She will still have three weeks to get her ready for England because she’s booked to leave on June 6.
“It means that I could send her away for a week or so on the water-walker up in the country and still have time for her to travel.”
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