Black Caviar makes her much anticipated return to racing on Friday night (22 January) in the $200,000 Essendon Mazda Australia Stakes-G2 over 1200m at Moonee Valley.
The unbeaten Bel Esprit filly hasn’t been sighted since hurting her ‘hammer and tack’ in the Danehill Stakes-G2 at Flemington on 5 September, but – if ‘rival’ trainers are to be believed – she’s ready to come back with a bang.
While trainer, Peter Moody, is doing his best to put a cap on the hype, Mick Price (who will start dual Group One winner Heart of Dreams), reckons Black Caviar will “clobber them”, adding that her trial over 650m on Monday morning “had to be seen to be believed. She’s some sort of machine. She’ll be coming back to scale when mine is still in the straight.”
And, last week, Matt Stewart reported in the Herald Sun that Aquanita trainer, Robert Smerdon clocks most of the jump outs at Caulfield and was stunned by Black Caviar’s effort: “That’s pretty quick. In fact it’s very quick,” Smerdom said, staring at his stopwatch.
Although racing against older horses for the first time – including Heart of Dreams, Royal Ida and Here de Angels – Black Caviar is sure to start a warm favourite.
And, according to online bookies, she’s also the ‘pea’ for the Newmarket Handicap-G1 at Flemington on 6 March.