Black Caviar confirmed as Moonee Valley starter
Exciting filly Black Caviar has come through a track gallop in top order and is ready to take her place in Friday night’s Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Peter Moody wanted to see how the filly coped with the hitout before committing her to the 1200 metre, Group Two race.
"We actually galloped her yesterday (Monday) morning at Caulfield on the steeple grass and she went very nicely and pulled up well, so at this stage we’ll accept," Moody told Sydney’s Sky Sports Radio.
"I just wanted to have a look at her condition and see where she was at. She’s basically at a fitness level where she’s as fit as she can be without racing."
Unbeaten in four starts Black Caviar has not raced since leading all the way in the Group Two Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last September.
She was spelled after pulling a chest muscle when she blundered at the start of the Danehill.
"She’s a massive big strong thing now, she tipped the scales just under 570kg the other day," Moody said.
There are 10 entries for the Australia Stakes including the Peter Snowden-trained Denman, Lucky Secret, Christmas Stakes winner Here De Angels and Standish Handicap winner Royal Ida.
Dual Group One winner Heart Of Dreams is racing first-up after his seventh to So You Think in the Cox Plate.
Moody is wary of Black Caviar’s opposition and admits that she faces a big step up on Friday.
"She’s performed well against her own age and sex…she’s taking on some pretty good older horses who are definitely going to have a fitness edge on her and an experience edge on her and a form edge on her," Moody said.
"Here De Angels looked outstanding the other day. Lucky Secret, well there’s no better Moonee Valley horse and not many better sprinters around than him.
Denman, the winner of six of his eight starts, is not a confirmed starter and will resume in the Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield next Tuesday if Snowden decides to bypass the Australia Stakes.
The Lonhro colt hasn’t raced since finishing seventh as favourite to Starspangledbanner in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
Meanwhile Moody said the outstanding Typhoon Tracy was in good order ahead of her return in the Group One Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 6.
"She trialled at Caulfield this morning, she’s in nice shape and I’m looking forward to her running in the Orr," Moody said.
Following the Orr, Typhoon Tracy will be aimed at the Group One Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield on February 27.
"Then we’ll sit back and take stock," Moody said.
Typhoon Tracy has won seven of her 10 starts including her last outing in the Group One Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington in October.
It was the four-year-old’s second major race win after she claimed the Group One Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill last autumn.
Black Caviar and Typhoon Tracy were among Moody’s entries for the Doncaster Mile taken on Tuesday.
By Russell Jackson