Wet Track the Only Barrier to Black Caviar in 2013 TJ Smith

April 9, 2013

Wet Track the Only Barrier to Black Caviar in 2013 TJ Smith

Only a genuinely wet track will prevent Black Caviar shooting for win 25 this weekend in the Group 1 2013 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

A wet track could see Black Caviar bypass the TJ Smith. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The wonder mare is set to light up Sydney but trainer Peter Moody has again cautioned she will not be tested in wet conditions.

While the leading Victorian trainer believes the champion would handle a heavy surface, he said it’s highly unlikely she would run on anything worse than a Slow 6.

“I don’t think there is reason to risk her on that type of going,” Moody told media in Melbourne.

“I think she would probably handle slow or heavy, but do we need to find out?”

Rain in Sydney currently has the Randwick track rated as heavy but with fine weather predicted leading into the weekend, officials are hopeful it will be in the dead range on Saturday.

The all-conquering mare hasn’t raced in Sydney since she ran down Hay List to take out the TJ Smith in 2011.

While many have knocked the calibre of opposition the six-year-old has been defeating of late, a strong line up is expected for the TJ Smith.

Included in nominations are The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter, the in-form Decision Time, Hay List and multiple Group 1 winner Sea Siren.

If rain prevents a TJ Smith start for Black Caviar, the next likely hit-out for the star mare could be in Queensland in the Group 1 2013 BTC Cup (1200m) on May 11.

Connections have hinted at a return trip to Royal Ascot but Moody is hopeful that she will continue to race in Australia for another season.

“If she went to England it would be the end of her career,” he said.

“It’s obviously in their mind, but I’ve never hidden my feelings, I think we deserve her here.”

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