Caviar confirmed, unless it’s wet

Racing fans will be relying on Black Caviar’s remarkable ability to avoid wet tracks should they wish to see her at Randwick in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) on April 13.

Trainer Peter Moody reaffirmed this morning that Sydney’s $1 million Group 1 was her target, as long as the track wasn’t significantly rain-affected.

“No matter what happens, she won’t run on a wet track,” Moody said.

The good news for the Australian Turf Club is that the champion mare has never raced on worse than dead ground with the closest she has come at Royal Ascot, when the track was rated “Good”, albeit considered to be much worse by Australian standards.

In 24 starts Black Caviar has raced on a good track 14 times with the other 10 starts all on dead ground.

Moody said the 14-time Group 1 winner had pulled up perfectly from her win on Friday and would now head for a bit of a change of scenery before beginning her preparation for Sydney.

“Everything’s good, the chiropractor and the vet are ticked off,” he said.

“She’ll go up to Peter Clarke’s at Murchison for a few days on the water walker to just get her out of the stable and then she’ll come back and have a couple of reverse gallops and probably go up to Sydney three or four days before the T.J. Smith.”

In related news, the leading trainer said both Manighar and Moment Of Change had pulled up well following their respective disappointing Group 1 performances in Sydney on Saturday.

Moody said Moment Of Change would have a brief freshen up before targeting the Group 1 The Goodwood at Morphettville on May 11 with Manighar likely to have his next start in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth (2000m) at Randwick on April 27.

“Manighar’s next run will be the Queen Elizabeth or there’s the option that I dodge Sydney altogether and have his next run at the Gold Coast in the Hollindale Cup (Group 2, 1800m),” he said.

“He just lacks fitness. His work’s been solid but he just didn’t have the residual fitness out of the Spring that he did last year.

“Moment Of Change just raced very flat. We brought him home and he passed all the vet checks, he’ll have 10 days in the paddock and 10 days on the water walker and then come back about four-and-a-half weeks before the Goodwood.”

Another Moody-trained galloper headed north in the coming weeks is Caulfield Cup placegetter Lights Of Heaven, who will have her next start in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on April 6.

She is then likely to then repeat her Queensland Winter campaign of 2012 (Hollindale Cup – Group 2, 1800m, Doomben Cup – Group 1, 2000m, Brisbane Cup – Group 2, 2400m), Moody said her performance would dictate whether she raced on again in the Spring or headed to the breeding barn.

Story by Ben Asgari