BLACK Caviar’s return to Australia has been delayed until the early hours of tomorrow morning.
The mare was due home today, but instead will get to Melbourne tomorrow with her new stablemate Voila Ici, an Italian stayer who has qualified for the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups and will be trained by Peter Moody.
Voila Ici has been in full training with Ed Dunlop in England to keep his fitness levels up and his program will be mapped out after he spends two weeks in quarantine alongside Black Caviar at the Werribee facility.
Black Caviar’s spring schedule will depend on her recovery from muscle tears that occurred during her win in England.
■Victorian jockeys will receive average riding fee increases of more than 3 per cent over the next three years, the state’s governing body announced yesterday.
Beginning on August 1, riding fees will increase from $171 to $175. In the final year of the agreement, the fee will rise to $186.
Riding fees for hurdle and steeplechase jockeys will increase from $345 to $360 next season and rise to $395 by 2014-15.
■Peter McGauran has been appointed chief executive of the Australian Racing Board, replacing Andrew Harding.