Trainer rates sta­ble­mate Hinch­in­brook a threat to star mare

Townsville Bulletin - - Racing -

TRAINER Peter Moody says if any of Black Caviar’s 11 ri­vals can beat t he s uper mare i n Satur­day’s New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap, sta­ble­mate Hinch­in­brook could be the one.

The $ 1.25 favourite with TAB Sports­bet, Black Caviar is set to be­come the short­est-priced win­ner in New­mar­ket his­tory which dates back to 1874.

The mighty Bern­bor­ough, who won the 1946 edi­tion at the equiv­a­lent of $ 1.44, holds the record.

Bel Esprit four-year-old Black Caviar, ranked the best sprinter in the world, has to shoul­der top­weight of 58kg.

‘‘ Ob­vi­ously this is her big­gest test un­der the hand­i­cap con­di­tions,’’ Moody said.

‘‘ I’d be very dis­ap­pointed ( if she got beaten) but I’ve got good re­spect for Hay List. She has to give him 1.5kg and she’s giv­ing 5kg to Star Wit­ness and 8kg to Hinch­in­brook.

‘‘ He ( Hinch­in­brook) has pleased us no end since his run the other day ( when third in the Oak­leigh Plate) so it cer­tainly isn’t go­ing to be a walk in the park.’’

Black Caviar meets run­ner-up Hay List 3.5kg worse un­der the hand­i­cap con­di­tions for a 3-1/ 4-length thrash­ing of the John McNair-trained sprinter in the Light­ning Stakes ( 1000m) at Flem­ing­ton last month.

But it is three-year-old Hinch­in­brook who Moody seems most wor­ried about.

‘‘ She’s go­ing to know he’s there. He’s there to win and do his best,’’ the trainer said.

‘‘ It’s hard to say I’d be dis­ap­pointed if he was the one to beat her but I’m very pleased with the colt.’’

Hay List could go to Sin­ga­pore for the KrisF­lyer In­ter­na­tional Sprint ( 1200m) at Kranji on May 22 while trainer Danny O’Brien is keen to take Star Wit­ness to Eng­land for the King’s Stand Stakes ( 1000m) at Royal As­cot on June 14.

The only mare to win the New­mar­ket with more than 58kg was Pen­dant who car­ried 9st 7lb ( 60.5kg) when she won way back in 1906.

Theon­ly­mare to win the New­mar­ket a stop weight was Maybe Ma­hal, who car­ried 56.5kg in 1978, while 1991 win­ner Shaftes­bury Av­enue ( 58kg) is the only win­ner in the last 50 years to carry 58kg or more. Black Caviar will set a record of 10 straight metropoli­tan wins from her first start if suc­cess­ful in the $ 1 mil­lion 1200m sprint.

Hay List is sec­ond pick in the bet­ting at $ 12, ahead of Star Wit­ness ( $ 17) and Re­sponse ( $ 21), with Beaded, Oak­leigh Plate win­ner Ea­gle Falls and Hinch­in­brook next best at $ 26.

Mean­while, trainer Mick Price says Heart Of Dreams is a stronger and more ma­ture geld­ing which will help him run out the 2000 me­tres of Satur­day’s Aus­tralian Cup.

The Show A Heart five-year-old earned Aus­tralian Cup favouritism when he won the Group Two St Ge­orge Stakes ( 1800m) at Caulfield last month.

How­ever, Heart Of Dreams hasn’t won in three tries be­yond 1800m.

He fin­ished sec­ond to Whobe­go­tyou in the 2009 Yalumba Stakes ( 2000m) at Caulfield, sev­enth to So You Think in the 2009 Cox Plate ( 2040m) at Moonee Val­ley and fourth to Zip­ping as favourite in last year’s Aus­tralian Cup.

‘‘ He is stretched to get the 2000 me­tres, but ev­ery time I’ve had him be­fore this prepa­ra­tion he’s been a hat rack,’’ Price said.

‘‘ Last prepa­ra­tion he was 495 ki­los at his top. You couldn’t put one more gram on him.

‘‘ But this time he’s 517kg hard fit. He looks bet­ter, he’s go­ing bet­ter and if ever he’s go­ing to get ( the dis­tance), it will be on Satur­day.’’

Heart Of Dreams drew bar­rier nine in the 15-horse field.

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