Black Caviar set for encore before world tour
BLACK CAVIAR should make one more farewell performance in Adelaide after receiving one of the biggest receptions of her career following her 20th straight win at Morphettville.
Owner Neil Werrett said, ”You can’t buy the feeling” as Black Caviar stayed unbeaten, winning the Sportingbet Classic to take her group1 tally to 10. ”It was just a great feeling on Saturday,” he said.
”You look out on the crowd and see the dresses and ties in her colours, and you just shake your head.
”There were 30,000 people at Morphettville, and I think 29,500 were there to see her. It is unique, and everyone just wants to talk about her, and they’re all positive.
”We got the plane on Sunday night, and a bloke I have never met before came up and said, ‘It was a great win yesterday.’ He told me he had flown from Newcastle just to see her.”
Werrett said the aim was to have Black Caviar at her peak for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on June 23, and another run had always been in the plan. The final decision will belong to trainer Peter Moody, but the Goodwood on May 12 remains on the unbeaten mare’s agenda before jetting to Ascot. ”I would say it is 70 per cent that she will run [in the Goodwood] but as always it is up to Peter and how she is,” Werrett said. ”She will take a bit of improvement from the run on Saturday.”
Werrett will turn his attention to Foreteller as he lines up in the Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
”I will go up and watch him,” he said. ”He has taken a little bit of time to come up after the spring but Chris [Waller, trainer] is very happy with him. He gets to 1800 metres, which I think is his best distance, and should run a great race.”
Meanwhile, Australian Racing Board chief executive Andrew Harding will take up the role of director of racing development with the Hong Kong Jockey Club from August.
Harding announced he was on the move after 13 years with the ARB to be part of racing’s push into China.
”We are on the cusp of something that is very exciting for racing, and it is a great opportunity,” Harding said. ”This is a great chance to be part of it, and one that I have thought long and hard about.”
Harding will also be responsible for the co-mingling of pools from Hong Kong, which could have a massive financial reward for Australian racing. His experience negotiating with government made Harding an attractive option for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. In his time at the ARB, Harding has built a reputation of being racing’s representative with government.
”I think my best achievement was getting betting on racing allowed on the internet,” Harding said. ”That was a six-month battle 10 years ago but it is hard to imagine where racing would be if we didn’t win that battle. Nearly $3 billion is bet over the internet today, and that equates to about a quarter of all betting on racing.”
There are strong nominations for the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting on Saturday. Gai Waterhouse will look to continue her strong carnival as the unbeaten Landing steps out in the Hawkesbury Guineas. More Strawberries and Parables head entries for the Darley Crown.
HOOFNOTE: The funeral of former Gosford Race Club chief executive Brian Taylor will be held in Port Macquarie on Thursday. Taylor spent 29 years at Gosford before retiring in 1999. He died at the weekend after a short illness.