Rival Rundown – 2013 Black Caviar Lightning

Everyone already knows everything there is to know about Black Caviar ahead of the Group 1 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).

Black Caviar has seven rivals in the Lightning at Flemington on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

World’s best sprinter. Australia’s best horse. Twenty three unbeaten wins. Twelve Group 1 victories. The list goes on and on.

But what do you know about her rivals? Scratching your head at a couple of names? Don’t worry as the Races.com.au team are here to bring you a rundown of all seven of Black Caviar’s competitors this weekend.

#1 First Command $41

An in-form gelding from the stable of Flemington trainer Anthony Freedman. Has won 12 of 32 starts including two of his past three starts. A six-time winner at the distance, the seven-year-old is coming of a third-place effort in the Listed Adams Stakes at Caulfield on February 2.

#2 Golden Archer bookmaker.com.au

A stablemate of the great mare, he was once considered good enough for a trip to Royal Ascot with the champ. Injury prevented him travelling abroad but he has come back from that well and boasts an impressive record of eight wins from 17 starts. Running first-up since a spring campaign where he chalked up two victories and was second in both the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap and Group 2 Schillaci Stakes.

#3 Moment Of Change $17

Another from the same stable as Black Caviar, Moment Of Change is the only other Group 1 winner in the field. Took out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in September before his spring campaign ended prematurely due to injury. Still a four-year-old, the Barely A Moment gelding oozes potential and boasts an early career record of five wins from nine starts. Major query is the 1000m might be a touch short.

#4 Go The Knuckle $81

Changed stables from Mark Minervini in Adelaide to Robert Smerdon at Caulfield late last year. A group 2 winner last March, the four-year-old finished seventh when Black Caviar won the Group 1 Goodwood in May. Coming off a third place finish at Caulfield in January.

#5 Spirit Cent $501

The rank outsider in the field and the horse with the lowest profile. It’s almost hard to make a case for him being in the race, with no real results to speak of. All his wins have come at provincial tracks and the only time he raced at stakes level was in the 2010 Blue Diamond when he finished 24 lengths off the winner in last place. Last seen running eighth at Bairnsdale on October 7.

#7 Satin Shoes $71

Sydney mare from the Warwick Farm stable of Clarry Conners. A dual stakes winner who has always shown potential, she is running first-up after a spring campaign that saw her record seconds in the Group 2 Shorts and the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.

#8 Shamexpress $16

The only three-year-old in the race, looks a horse of the future. Trainer Danny O’Brien is aiming him at the Group 1 Newmarket after he signalled potential in the spring with a third-place finish in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Is coming off a strong first-up win at Moonee Valley last month.

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