After breaking her first ever track record with a blistering first-up win in the Lightning Stakes over the weekend Black Caviar is now in preparations for her next autumn assignment which could still be the Newmarket Handicap 2013 despite the hefty weight she would have to carry.
The equine champion posted win number 23 from 23 and took her career earnings to over $7 million when becoming the first horse in history to win three successive Group 1 Lightning Stakes, breaking a 25 year track record in the process.
Seemingly having come back even better than before the ‘Black Flash’ will shoot for number 24 next start with trainer Peter Moody denying that the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) back at Flemington Racecourse on March 9 had completely been taken off the table.
The daughter of Bel Esprit won the Newmarket during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival of 2011 setting a then weight-carrying record of 58kg when defeating the ill-fated Crystal Lily by three lengths.
She bypassed the event last year allowing for Hay List to succeed and while she would be handed the 61.5kg topweight if she were to go to the Newmarket this year, Moody said there were some pros to taking her there.
“The Newmarket is a great race and it’s on her favourite track,” Moody said.
While a doubtful acceptor Black Caviar is still the dominant favourite in the Newmarket Handicap odds at the online bookies paying $2.30.
While the Newmarket will be discussed it is far more likely Moody will back up his champ in the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 22 instead, a race she won on the back of her Newmarket success two years ago.
“I would never say never, we’ll get together midweek with the owners and I would suggest everything’s on the table at the moment,” Moody said in regards to the Newmarket.
“Being realistic the next possible option to me is the William Reid but I’m mindful that the Newmarket is a great race and it’s on her favourite track.
“There’s no doubt in the world that she appreciates racing in a straight line and with the issues she’s carried over the years, racing in a straight line is a great benefit to her. I’m mindful of that but I’m also very mindful of the opposition that she would have to meet.”
However there has been talk from the horse’s co-owner David Taylor that the Newmarket was the preferred option for some of her connections.
“Peter’s basically said to us (the owners) what are our preferences?” Taylor said.
“To win another Newmarket would be absolutely sensational and quite frankly I think if she pulls up well this morning, which obviously we think she has, even with 61.5kg in the Newmarket I think she’d give it a real crack.
“To win that race, not taking anything away from the William Reid (1200m), but to win the Newmarket would really be something.”
Moody will still be represented in the 2013 Newmarket Handicap field if Black Caviar bypasses the race however having confirmed Moment Of Change, a brave second to their star stablemate in the Lightning Stakes on Saturday, was on track for the classic.
The Barley A Moment four-year-old, winner of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes during the spring, occupies the second line of Newmarket Handicap betting at a quote of $4 just ahead of undefeated Perth star Barakey ($5).
The fact Moment Of Change is Newmarket-bound will also factor into whether or not to take Black Caviar there as she would face them nine kilos worse in the weights than in the Lightning.
Moody was confident Black Caviar would come through the Lightning Stakes 100 percent after icing her legs and giving her a preventive dose of anti-inflammatories.
“At this stage she’s pulled up fine,” he said.
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