Sunday, October 17, 2010


It’s probably the hottest topic in racing – WHEN and WHICH.
Speculation is rife as to when Hay List (above) and Black Caviar (below) will actually have their showdown: the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday (23 October) or the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day (6 November).
Maybe neither! There is some talk that they might even meet on a totally different battlefield – perhaps in another state?
Regardless of venue, the impending clash is the talk of talkback and racing forums and is arguably the most anticipated confrontation since Sunline and Northerly.
Conjecture is that if they meet in the Moir, Hay List will have Black Caviar’s measure in terms of race fitness, given that he’s had three starts (for three wins) this time in, while she’s only had the one run back since January.
However, both are amazing athletes – marquee horses of the highest order – and conjecture is simply that … plain conjecture.
One thing is for sure, race clubs should be clamouring to entice the connections of both to meet at their meet as the publicity prior, during and following will be immense.
As for Eliza Park, it doesn’t matter who wins, because there won’t be a loser. Both are outstanding racehorses and both are by stallions – BEL ESPRIT and STATUE OF LIBERTY – which stand at Eliza Park!

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