Friday, November 12, 2010


It appears that BEL ESPRIT flyer Black Caviar can’t stay out of the news – albeit vicariously!
Following on from the unbeaten mare’s super performance in last Saturday’s Patinack Farm Classic-G1 at Flemington – winning by four lengths – her little brother, Moshe, spreadeagled his opposition on debut to score by six panels over 1000m at Bendigo.
Trained by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, this VERY promising 3YO colt is raced by legendary jockey Roy Higgins and master syndicator Wylie Dalziel.
Despite racing greenly, Moshe stopped the clock at 56.95 seconds - just 0.9 seconds outside the track record which has stood since 1999.
Moshe’s got a long way to go to catch up to his sister but you can’t argue that it’s a pretty good start!

According to Wylie – who appears to have picked up a bargain basement with his colt costing just $75,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier – Moshe is Hebrew for ‘strong warrior’ and is named after the father of one of the part owners.
(Moshe Dayan was also the famous Israeli military leader who rose to prominence in the late 60s when heading up his country’s defence during the 6-day war … remember the eye patch?)

Meanwhile, in other Black Caviar news, Breednet reports that the owners of the Champion mare knocked back on offer of $5 million this week from leading bloodstock agent, Grant Pritchard-Gordon, on behalf of leading owner Paul Makin.
Does sound like a lot of money, but even if Black Caviar never raced again, it’s difficult to imagine what her first foal would make as a yearling given that her own dam, Helsinge, is a daughter of Scandinavia (also dam of Group One winner Magnus and multiple Group winner Wilander) and that Helsinge has now only had two to the races for two winners.

Moshe scores by 6 at Bendigo. Photo courtesy of Slickpix

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