The option of Black Caviar having a long spell and returning next year to race is in the mix   Leave a comment

Peter Moody keeps his options open regarding return of Black Caviar

  • Michael Manley 
  • From:Herald Sun 
  • July 26, 2012 12:00AM
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BLACK CAVIAR LEAVING QUARANTINE IN WERRIBEE WITH HANDLER TONY HAYDEN. PICTURE: WAYNE LUDBEY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

PETER Moody has indicated that the option of Black Caviar having a long spell and returning next year to race is in the mix for the unbeaten winner of 22 races.

Previously the options which had been mentioned had been either retirement or a short spell and a return for the end of the Melbourne spring.

He said a decision would be made by mid-August.

“Her owners are still overseas and we’ll wait until they get back and have a good talk about her future, which should be in mid-August,” he said. “She can go to the breeding barn or we prepare her for spring. If that’s the case she would have to come back into work straight after the decision is made to get her ready. The other option is to give her an extended break and bring her later on,”

If she was to be retired Black Caviar would be ready for the upcoming 2012 breeding season.

If not she will most likely comeback and be set for the Patinack Classic at Flemington with possible lead-in races either the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield or the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Moody will put Black Caviar under the microscope for the next two weeks before a decision is made on her future.

“She needs a couple of weeks off to have a stretch and then we’ll map out her future. In the meantime I’ll have a good look at her,” Moody said.

Moody said he had been to see her a couple of times at Werribee and said although she looked a bit jaded she looked better than when she was at Ascot.

He said she seemed to be recovering well from her muscle tears and bruising she suffered when she won at Royal Ascot.

Black Caviar left quarantine at Werribee yesterday morning and headed to Moody’s stables at Caulfield for a short visit.

Stable foreman Tony Haydon who has been Black Caviar’s travelling companion for the past six weeks said she was going to Moody’s stables and then for a spell.

Haydon said Black Caviar would be happy to get out and get into a paddock. “She’s ready to cut loose in a paddock,” he said.

Also at Werribee with Black Caviar were two well credentialled Italian gallopers now with Moody in Voila Ici and Sneak A Peak who are being set for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Vet check and peace of paddock for Black Caviar

Black Caviar

Black Caviar celebrates leaving quarantine in Werribee. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: The Australian

IT has been more than a month since Black Caviar scared the nation at Royal Ascot, but trainer Peter Moody is yet to reveal what is next for the superstar mare.

Black Caviar was yesterday released from quarantine at Werribee, together with global travelling companion Voila Ici by her side after winning the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes on June 23.

She reared when led out by handler Joe Hayden and is yet to be cleared of the back injuries suffered when she won by a nose at Royal Ascot. But when or if she will run again remains a closely guarded secret between Moody and the horse’s connections.

“It’s a nice early birthday present to have Black Caviar finally out of quarantine at Werribee,” said Moody – who will be 43 on Tuesday – after saddling up two runners without luck at the Mornington meeting yesterday.

“We’ve got no plans for Black Caviar at the moment other than she’s heading off for a little peace and quiet in the paddock.

“She’s OK, looking a picture of happiness and health.

“Nothing will be decided until the owners get back from overseas in the middle of August.”

Just where Black Caviar will spell remains a closely guarded stable secret.

“She’s going somewhere away from prying eyes,” Moody said.

“Black Caviar has earned the right to have a decent break.”

Moody is considering two options, either send her to a spelling property at Belgrave South, about 90 minutes out of Melbourne in the Dandenongs, or a property outside Pakenham in West Gippsland.

Wherever she does end up spelling, the mare will have the run of the place.

“The idea is to give her the chance to have a really good stretch out,” Moody said.

What awaits Black Caviar after extending her unbeaten record to 22 wins when she just got over the line at Royal Ascot is a lengthy series of veterinary tests to decide if she will race again.

Should connections decide to give Black Caviar another campaign, she would only have a month in he paddock before going back into full work for the upcoming spring offensive.

Options under consideration by connections include the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 6, followed 20 days later by the Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley.

Other possibilities are the Group I Patinack Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 10, a race she has won for the past two years, and a trip to Hong Kong for the International Sprint in December.

A win in either would make the daughter of Bel Esprit eligible for the Global Sprint Challenge $1 million bonus, awarded for winning Group I races in three countries.

As for the grey Italian stallion Voila Ici, he is among Moody’s better credentialled Cups campaigners for the spring, having joined the likes of Manighar, Lights Of Heaven, Brambles and Vatuvei in the stable.

“He looks a picture,” stable spokesman Jeff O’Connor said.

Posted July 26, 2012 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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