Trainer rates stablemate Hinchinbrook a threat to star mare
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.