A decision on where all-conquering mare Black Caviar heads next will be made later this week when trainer Peter Moody sits down with her owners.
After chalking up win 25 in Saturday’s TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, the speculation of her next target began almost immediately.
The options are well and truly open, with a return trip to Royal Ascot a possibility as are the Group 1 2013 BTC Cup at Eagle Farm on May 11 and the 2013 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphetville on the same day.
Moody has made only one decision so far, stating that if the owners did want to go to Royal Ascot, it would be the end of the brilliant mare’s racing career.
“The only thing I did say was that if she went to Ascot this year, it’s game over,” Moody told Sky Sports Radio.
“I couldn’t see her coming back from there a second time knowing what happened last time…it would be retirement.”
But if the leading Victorian trainer gets his way, and he is believed to have serious sway with connections, Australian racegoers could be donning the salmon and black for a little while longer.
Moody is adamant Black Caviar is at the top of her game and is also a strong advocate for sharing her with the Australian public.
“We deserve that. Why not the TJ next year. Why not a fourth Lightning,” Moody said.
“My dream would be for her to finish her career in Australia.”
Black Caviar was at her brilliant best on Saturday, defeating a hot field by three lengths and eclipsing Kingston Town’s record when scoring her 15th Group 1 win.
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