It would take some serious bad luck for the public to be deprived of the sight of Australian racing’s greatest show on Saturday, with Black Caviar showing positive signs ahead of her planned exhibition gallop at Caulfield.
The equine superstar is being aimed at a return to racing on February 16 in the Group 1 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington and jockey Luke Nolen gave her a glowing report after trackwork this morning.
Nolen told Racing Victoria the six-year-old has sharpened up since a jump-out at Sandown on Tuesday where she showed the first signs she will come back at her best with a strong galloping display.
”She’s tightened up a bit since the jumpout,” Nolen said.
”There’s still improvement to come and her work at Caulfield on Saturday will tighten her up again.”
Saturday’s Caulfield hit-out will be the first time Black Caviar has been given a workout on race day and Nolen is predicting the punters that make the trip to see her will be pleased with what they see.
”Everyone that works with her has given their endorsement…the message is that she’s the Black Caviar of old.”
Black Caviar’s camp are taking every precaution with the super mare, with Melbourne Racing Club’s head of security Grant Frankel given the task of keeping her out of danger from eager onlookers.
Nolen issued a stern warning that the caution shown for her well-being will extend to the track, suggesting her health and unbeaten record will be put above everything else.
”We’ve been protective of her record this far and if there was any issue or she showed she didn’t want to be here, she’d be retired,” Nolen said.
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