The Group 1 2013 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 27 appears to be the most likely opportunity for Australia’s equine superstars to face off in the same race this autumn.
The likes of Black Caviar, All Too Hard, Hay List, More Joyous and Pierro are some of the household names that could potentially contest the weight-for-age sprint.
The All Aged Stakes has already been mentioned as a potential option for All Too Hard and connections of Pierro and and Hay List have welcomed the challenge of meeting the world’s best horse, Black Caviar, over 1400m.
Hay List is definitely heading towards the $400,000 event, where he will chase his second title after winning in 2011.
The long-time bridesmaid to Black Caviar will return from injury this autumn but early signs indicate he can do as Black Caviar has done and come back at his best.
Part-owner Peter Davenpot confirmed the All Aged is firmly on Hay List’s radar and said he “hopes the others turn up.”
Pierro is likely to race the week before in the Doncaster Mile but connections said they would not be opposed to backing him up if he came through the hit-out unscathed.
Also possibly contesting the Doncaster is Australia’s number two mare, More Joyous, who was earlier this week allocated topweight of 59.5kg for her title defence in the prestigious handicap.
Perhaps those who will take the most convincing of running in the All Aged Stakes are trainer Peter Moody and the connections of Black Caviar.
The unrivalled queen of Australian racing has only been tested over 1400m once, in the 2013 CF Orr Stakes.
She of course won by a dominant 3 1/2 lengths but whether connections are willing to again risk her above her most suitable distance of 1200m remains to be seen.
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