It’s official, Australia’s best racehorse has lost none of her aura, with just seven horses set to take on Black Caviar when she makes her return in the Group 1 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Even more telling is that just five of her rivals come from outside her stable, with trainer Peter Moody accepting with both Golden Archer and Moment Of Change.
The equine superstar is shooting for her third straight Lightning Stakes victory and will take her phenomenal unbeaten streak to 23 if she is again successful down the Flemington straight.
As has become the norm in her most recent outings, the best of the rest have avoided the wonder mare, suggesting that rival trainers believe she will come back at the top of her game.
Black Caviar has drawn barrier two which is directly in between her stablemates, with Golden Archer to run from the inside and Moment Of Change from barrier three.
Moment Of Change was last seen winning the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in September and will head towards the Group 1 2013 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 9 after Saturday’s first-up test.
Golden Archer has proven himself to be a quality sprinter with eight wins from 17 starts including five at stakes level.
Moody is expecting both to run strong races but knows they are no match for the world’s best sprinter.
“I’m not kidding myself and expecting either of them to trouble their stablemate, but I’m expecting them both to run well,” Moody said.
Clarry Conners has brought Satin Shoes south from Sydney for the race after a spring campaign where she recorded runner-up finishes in both the Group 2 Shorts and the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.
Danny O’Brien-trained colt Shamexpress is the only three-year-old in the race. The son of O’Reilly finished third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring and was strong when winning first-up at Moonee Valley on January 25.
Others in the Black Caviar Lightning field include in-form gelding First Command, Robert Smerdon-trained gelding Go The Knuckle and John Leek’s Spirit Cent.
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Black Caviar Lightning 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||2420x0x113||FIRST COMMAND||Anthony Freedman||Steven Arnold||8||58.5kg||105|
|2||9x1214252x||GOLDEN ARCHER||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||1||58.5kg||103|
|3||x3301x131x||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||Ms Linda Meech||3||58.5kg||106|
|4||5x12137x23||GO THE KNUCKLE||Robert Smerdon||Nicholas Hall||5||58.5kg||96|
|5||x11475668x||SPIRIT CENT||John Leek (Jnr)||Kerrin McEvoy||7||58.5kg||70|
|6||1x111x111x||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||56.5kg||130|
|7||200x32280x||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||6||56.5kg||102|
|8||125x3953x1||SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss||4||55.5kg||85|