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The world’s best sprinter is back and ready to take on the autumn features in her swansong campaign, Black Caviar having pulled up after her smart Sandown jumpout on Tuesday morning in excellent order.
Showing no signs of soreness or of her semi-serious muscular injuries sustained after she saluted in her 22nd straight career start in England back in June, Peter Moody’s turf darling is looking near peak fitness as she prepares for her return to racing.
Her 800m jumpout win yesterday morning has set tongues wagging around the nation with punters and racing fans everywhere eager to see the $6.8 million earner back in action first-up in the $700,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 16, a race she has won for the past two years running.
Moody has taken great confidence that the Bel Esprit six-year-old will remain undefeated in the Lightning after she pulled up in good order looking as healthy as ever on Wednesday morning.
“She is in good shape,” Moody told Sky Sports Radio.
“We are very happy with her, the way she went about it yesterday and more importantly, the way she pulled up.
“She has been away from the races for six months. She is where I expect her to be, we are three weeks out from a run and are very pleased with her progress.
“She seemed to enjoy herself and was full of beans.
“We are three weeks off a run and I would be brave enough to suggest it is the soundest she has been for a couple of years,”
“The period she has had off has done her unbelievably good. Her feet have grown right out, she doesn’t have any old nail holes of wear on her feet.
“Mick Bryant is her chiropractor who tends to her every 10 days or a fortnight feels as if she is in as a good a shape as she has ever been and Luke reported that she felt very good yesterday.
“I’m not suggesting that she is going to go any faster but I can tell you it is the healthiest she has been for a long while.”
Black Caviar will likely be on display again at Caulfield Saturday week ahead of the 2013 Lightning Stakes, the mighty mare having also been nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) this week, a race she won back in 2011.
“I plan to give her a gallop at Caulfield on the second between races,” Moody confirmed.
“I want to take her to the races and make sure she is still happy to be there with a smile on her face.
“If we see the same at Caulfield on the second it will be full steam ahead to the Lightning Stakes.”
Whether she goes to the Newmarket Handicap 2013 in Melbourne is yet to be confirmed however with other possible autumn targets including the $400,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 22 or Sydney’s $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 13 followed by the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) back at the track on Sydney Cup Day.
“Neil Werrett, the major owner of the mare lives in Sydney and she has only ever had one start in Sydney,” Moody said.
“I would certainly like to repay him for the patronage of my stable for not only this mare, but for others by trying to have her in Sydney at least once if not a couple of times.
“The Lightning and how she comes through it will determine where she heads and we are not even at this stage yet.”
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