There may be six individual Group 1 champions accepted in the 2013 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick this Saturday but one less-known hopeful in the mix taking on super mare Black Caviar is Canberra raider Onthelookout.
An 11-horse field of sprinters boasting plenty of talent among the ranks will face off in the last on Australian Derby Day this weekend in the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) where the Peter Moody-trained queen Black Caviar will look to extend her record-breaking winning streak out to 25 victories.
Among the bigger name rivals out to take down the champion in what would go down in history as one of Australian racing’s biggest upsets are the likes of last start The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter, last year’s runner-up Hay List, and three time Group 1 winning mare Sea Siren.
One horse that has gone somewhat unnoticed meanwhile is Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones’ veteran Beautiful Crown seven-year-old Onthelookout who has suffered an early blow drawing the extreme outside barrier 11.
Connections of Onthelookout, a winner of just six of their 42 starts to date, entertain no fantasies of beating Black Caviar.
But they are hoping to cash in on some of the lucrative prize money up for grabs in the sprint showdown.
Coming off a third at Albury over 1400m from March 21, Onthelookout has run in just one Group race previously when third to Skytrain and Streama in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) in the mud at Warwick Farm back in February, and they could get another suitable soft track this weekend with Randwick currently a Heavy (8).
“We’re hopeful for a wet track where Onthelookout seems to excel,” co-trainer Jones said.
Saturday could also prove a chance for them to secure a nice bit of earnings with the race paying $10,000 for placings sixth to eighth – repaying the $6,000 acceptance fee forked out by the owners.
The winner will take home $600,000, runner-up $200,000 and third $100,000 but mother-son trainers Joseph and Jones certainly wouldn’t say no to the $50,000 or $20,000 cheque going to the fourth and fifth placegetters respectively.
“He might be able to snag a fourth or fifth spot – I think fourth is $50,000 and fifth is $20,000,” Jones said.
But the bottom line is connections have eaten a big serving of Black Caviar hype themselves and are thrilled to just have a runner against the world’s best.
“Obviously everyone would like to have some sort of piece of history to do with Black Caviar and I think the owners want to take that race book home and keep it as a collector’s item,” Jones, at Moonee Valley when Black Caviar posted her 24th in the William Reid Stakes last time out, said.
“It’s probably akin to being at a rock concert (being at a Black Caviar race day).
“They got Daryl Braithwaite out there singing Horses and there’s people on people’s shoulders holding lighters.
“It’s not just the age old racing fan, it’s the young people who want to say they’ve been and seen her.”
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