Black Caviar has Spring in her step
Peter Moody has flagged the possibility of unbeaten three-year-old filly Black Caviar taking on the weight-for-age sprinters in the Manikato Stakes.
Moody, who is excited about preparing what he describes as his strongest ever spring team, said the Group One Manikato (1200m) on September 25 was a definite option for Black Caviar before the Group One Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 14.
"Why wouldn’t you run her in her both?" Moody said.
Black Caviar, who is also entered for the Caulfield Guineas, has won her only two starts by an aggregate margin of 11 lengths and is among Moody’s eight Cox Plate nominations.
At her April debut at Flemington she scored by five lengths from Kwassa Kwassa and was nearly two seconds quicker than the winner of an open class mares race when she won the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) by six lengths at Caulfield at her only other two-year-old start on May 2.
She is among an outstanding crop of three-year-olds for Moody this spring which also includes Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort, Golden Slipper Stakes runner up Headway, Kindergarten Stakes winner Wanted, and Tickets, who was second at Group One level in both the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
"Basically they are all ready to go," Moody said.
"They have had great spells and good long preparations and they will step out from next week at Caulfield."
Moody said Reward For Effort and Headway would lead the stable’s three-year-old brigade in next Saturday’s Listed Vain Stakes (1200m) and Quezette Stakes (1200m) respectively.
The same day Moody’s unbeaten Group One Coolmore Classic winning mare Typhoon Tracy will try for her sixth win in either the weight-for-age Group Two Liston Stakes (1400m) or the Group Three Cockram Stakes (1200m) against mares.
Typhoon Tracy spearheads Moody’s Cox Plate team and along with stablemates Fitoussi and Netanyahu is also entered for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Moody said Black Caviar was expected to return in the Listed Arrow Training Services Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 22 and the same day Wanted would resume in the Listed Essendon Nissan Stakes (1200m).
Tickets was pencilled to kick off his campaign in the Group Three McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 29.
Moody is keeping Sydney options open for all his three-year-olds except Tickets and Wanted.
The two are are nominated for the Cox Plate as well as the Caulfield Guineas, as is Reward For Effort and easy Moonee Valley debut winner Avenue who is a sister to Group One winning sprinter Virage De Fortune.
By Robert Windmill