It will once again be a case of Black Caviar versus the rest when the super mare makes her return to racing this Saturday in the Group 1 2012 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphetvillethis Saturday.
As expected, the world’s best sprinter is an overwhelming favourite and is currently paying $1.03 (bookmaker.com.au) to record her 20th straight win and achieve an Australasian record for consecutive victories this weekend.
She will go head-to-head with nine challengers and the next best in the betting is Robert Smerdon-trained four-year-old Lone Rock who is currently sitting at $17.00.
The Fastnet Rock mare is the only other Group 1 winner in the field, having won last year’s Goodwood Handicap and is coming off a fourth-place effort in the William Reid Stakes in late March.
She is the only horse to start under $20.00, with Mark Kavanagh-trained Valentine Miss ($21.00) and four-year-old Sistine Angel ($34.00) following the second-favourite in the betting.
A race with such a short-priced favourite brings with it long outsiders and that is exactly what has happened for Saturday’s Morphetville feature with Flying Spur four-year-old Spurcific ($151.00) and local mare Tabulated ($301.00) some of the longest chances you will see in a Group 1 event.
If Black Caviar does as expected and wins the $400,000 race, it will be a remarkable feat as she overtakes the Australasian record for consecutive that she currently shares with Desert Gold and Gloaming.
A crowd of approximately 30,000 is expected to turn out at Morphetville this weekend, in what will be the champion’s first race in the South Australian capital.
Trainer Peter Moody said it was a great opportunity for her to break the record on home soil and showcase her to a new audience.
“I think an Australian audience deserves it, no-one else does, so let’s hope it all goes to plan on Saturday,” Moody said.
“It’s tremendous for South Australian racing. It’s a state with an unbelievable history of racing and it’s probably a little bit in the doldrums. I don’t think anyone would deny that.
“It gives a great opportunity to showcase South Australian racing not only on a national level but on an international level.”
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