His­tory beck­ons Caviar

Cham­pion mare poised to take her place among the greats

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A REAL FLYER: Vain is first past the post in the Golden Slip­per at Rose­hill in 1969 BLACK Caviar can race her­self into his­tory as one of Aus­tral i a ’ s g r e a t e s t - e v e r sprint­ers if she wins tom o r r o w ’ s $ 1 m i l l i o n New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap a t Flem­ing­ton.

The un­beaten four-year-old daugh­ter of Bel Esprit is yet to be fully tested in nine starts but faces her sternest test in the Group One 1200m fea­ture.

Those ef­forts have earned h e r t h e r a n k i n g o f t h e world’s best sprinter.

Trainer Peter Moody said the way she won the Light­ning Stakes ( 1000m) when r e s um­ing l a s t month a t Flem­ing­ton was ‘‘ quite amaz­ing’’ in the way she raced away from Group One winn e r s s u c h a s Man i k a t o Stakes vic­tor Hay List and Golden Slip­per hero­ine Crys­tal Lily.

Both of those horses are again among her ri­vals to­mor­row.

‘‘ I’m not ner­vous horse, she’s go­ing Moody said.

’’( It’s) prob­a­bly pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tion how she’s build­ing this record and it would be a shame to see her get beat.

‘ ‘ It’s the big­gest sprint event in Aus­trala­sia and prob­a­bly the big­gest sprint hand­i­cap in the world be­cause the other big sprints around the world are set weights.

‘‘ She’s four for four down the ( Flem­ing­ton) straight, she’s in great shape and we think this will prob­a­bly be her only start un­der hand­i­cap con­di­tions in ( the rest of) her life­time.

‘ ‘ It’s prob­a­bly the only chance the op­po­si­tion are go­ing to get un­der these cir­cum­stances.’’

Bl a c k Caviar , t he t o p - weight with 58kg, will have for the su­per,’’ to set a mod­ern-day weight­car­ry­ing record for a mare, Maybe Ma­hal hav­ing won the race as top­weight with 56.5kg in 1978. Shaftes­bury Av­enue, who won with 58kg in 1991, is the only win­ner in the last 50 years to carry that weight or more.

‘‘( The 58kg) is a big im­post but her record says she de­serves it, her rat­ing says she de­serves it. I’ve got no fears with her car­ry­ing the 58kg.

‘‘ My fear has al­ways been what the horses are weighted away from her,’’ Moody said.

‘‘ But one would hope that it doesn’t bring them that close to­gether.’’

Moody said the hard­est to beat to­mor­row looked to be Hay List, Star Wit­ness and sta­ble­mate Hinch­in­brook.

‘‘ I’ve ob­vi­ously got great re­spect for Hay List with a 3.5kg turn­around ( on the weights in the weight-for-age Light­ning), Star Wit­ness, he’s proven him­self to be a s u p e r t h r e e - y e a r - o l d sprinter,’’ he said.

‘‘ He’s very adept to the straight and in re­ceipt of five ki­los and the sta­ble­mate Hinch­in­brook, he pleased us no end in the Oak­leigh Plate ( when third) and he’s in re­ceipt of eight ki­los.’’

Black Caviar is al­ready be­ing com­pared to the best sprint­ers in Aus­tralian rac­ing his­tory such as Vain and Manikato and Moody still doesn’t know how good she can be.

‘‘ If she con­tin­ues on this path I sup­pose she’s got to be con­sid­ered as one of the best ever,’’ he said.

Moody sim­ply can­not fault Black Caviar go­ing into the race for which she is quoted at $ 1.25 with TAB Sports­bet and is set to be­come the short­est-priced New­mar­ket win­ner.

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