The David Marnane-trained Irish sprinter Dandy Boy could be heading down under this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival where they are a chance of coming head to head with the world’s best mare Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic 2012.
One of the headline sprints of the year in Australia, the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) is scheduled for Saturday November 10, 2012 at Flemington Racecourse on the final meeting of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Emirates Stakes Day.
It could be an historic edition of the Patinack Farm Classic this season too with Peter Moody’s superstar Bel Esprit five-year-old Black Caviar a chance of shooting for her third consecutive win in the feature.
Black Caviar took her amazing record to 22 victories from as many career starts last time out when she debuted overseas in the £500,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
She may have retained her undefeated status but Black Caviar suffered a number of injuries during the run including a torn muscle and bruising.
Sent back to Melbourne Black Caviar is enjoying a well-earned break as connections discuss with Moody the pros and cons of bringing her back for another season this spring while also considering retirement for the multi-millionaire.
While a spring return is looking more and more likely for Black Caviar it hasn’t stopped the interest in her main aim, the Patinack Farm Classic, from the Europeans according to Racing Victoria’s international talent scout Leigh Jordan.
“There’s interest abroad in our premier sprint races, even though Black Caviar may return for a tilt at a third straight Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington during Cup week,” Jordon said.
Six-year-old Danetime stallion Dandy Boy is one such international with spring ambitions in Oz.
They failed in the wet at Newmarket last start when running 17.5 lengths away ninth to upset winner Mayson in the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1207m) but has come through that in good order according to their trainer.
“He came out of the race at Newmarket as fresh as paint. We couldn’t be happier with him,” Marnane said.
Prior to their July Cup failure Dandy Boy hit the headlines when posting their sixth career win when carrying 61kg to victory in the Wokingham Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot.
Dandy Boy won the Wokingham in a smart 1:13.87 which was 0.23 seconds than Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in one race earlier at the meeting, and would make a nice addition to the Patinack Farm Classic field 2012.
“Dandy Boy is a horse that gained some prominence at Royal Ascot when he won the race following Black Caviar, the Wokingham Stakes, in a quicker time than our champion mare,” Jordon said.
“He, too, has emerged during my trip as a likely prospect for the spring, with his connections giving strong consideration to a trip down under for the Patinack Farm Classic.”
Nominations for the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic will be released on September 25, 2012.
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