Black Caviar is likely to make three appearances at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, culminating with the race that shapes as the carnival’s headline act – the $1 million Patinack Farm Classic.
Monday’s Herald Sun unveiled trainer Peter Moody’s 2011/12 program for the unbeaten mare, who on Tuesday returns to his Caulfield stable after three weeks’ pre-training.
It is the same three-race campaign that the daughter of Bel Esprit undertook last spring, beginning with the $200,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) on The Age Caulfield Guineas Day (October 8).
She will then progress to the $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Tatts Cox Plate Day (October 22).
Her final Melbourne appearance for 2011 will be in the 1200m Patinack Farm Classic (November 5) – the race that last year provided her with her maiden Group 1 win.
Black Caviar has since won five more Group 1s – Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, William Reid Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes and BTC Cup – to take her career record to 13 wins from as many starts and lift her earnings to $3,474,050.
The news that Black Caviar will campaign in Melbourne this spring and not head to Japan for the rich Sprinters Stakes increases the likelihood of a long-awaited showdown with Rocket Man.
The Singapore champion – a winner of 16 of his 20 starts including the Golden Shaheen and KrisFlyer International Sprint this year – is tentatively booked to come with trainer Patrick Shaw to make a final decision after he inspects facilities next month.
The Patinack carries not only a $600,000 winner’s purse, but the potential for $1.2 million in bonuses.
Moody told the Herald Sun that the decision to remain in Melbourne was made with next year in mind, when he plans to tackle the Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes – both $400,000 Group 1 races over 1400m at Caulfield – with the rising five-year-old.
The ultimate aim is either the King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) or the Golden Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot next June.
“I had a meeting with the owners after Brisbane and they placed Royal next June at the top of their wish list,” he said.
“Everything I’m planning for her in the spring is with the goal of having her right for the Orr and Futurity next year when I’m excited about getting her out to 1400m.”
Other races Moody has in mind for Black Caviar next season are the $500,000 Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth on November 19, the $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27 and either the George Ryder Stakes or Queen Of The Turf (both $400,000, 1500m) at Rosehill on April 4.