Black Caviar ’50-50′ to race in 2013, says part-owner Neil Werrett
- by:Adrian Dunn
- From:Herald Sun
- August 20, 2012 12:00am
Tony Hayden takes Black Caviar out to stretch her legs. Picture: Wayne Ludbey.Source: News Limited
MOMENTUM is moving towards Black Caviar racing on in the autumn but a decision will not be made until next month.
Senior part-owner Neil Werrett, who inspected the unbeaten champion with trainer Peter Moody last week, rated Black Caviar’s chances of racing in 2013 as “50-50”.
Werrett said that if Black Caviar returned she would be limited to a handful of starts and would definitely be retired at the end of the current season.
He said the plan is to give Black Caviar another couple of weeks in the paddock then bring her back into the stables to gauge how she feels in work.
“If there is any chance that she is not 100 per cent by then we will put her to stud,” Werrett said. “If all is good we have all agreed we will give her a preparation in the autumn. We are just going to let the horse tell us and Pete has some really good advisers in chiropractors and vets.”
Werrett admitted that the day after Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot in late June all connected with the mare thought she had run her last race.
He said such has been the improvement in the six-year-old that the chances of her adding to her sensational record is “50-50”
“She looked really well and healthy, she looked bright. She had her (racing) shoes off for the first time in six to eight months.” Werrett told 2KY.
“I gave her some carrots and she looked well and healthy.”
Werrett rated Black Caviar’s latest success, albeit her smallest winning margin, as her “best effort and by far her most memorable win”.
“Her win in the Newmarket was pretty outstanding and when she let Hay List kick clear at Randwick (TJ Smith) had my heart racing a bit,” he said.
“If she could come back and have four or five runs in the autumn and then retire her by this time ….”
Asked if he was pre-occupied by preserving Black Caviar’s unbeaten record, Werrett replied: “If we were keen to preserve her unbeaten record I think we would have retired her.
“We enjoy her racing and they are a long time retired. People say ‘you should retire her and get her to bred, but the day I went out to see her was the day Typhoon Tracy died giving birth to a foal.
“It is a matter of fate. She loves racing. I think it is up to Peter and the horse.”