Black Caviar puts trainer in a Manikato Mood

Peter Moody has the kind of problem other trainers would envy as he plots the path for brilliant filly Black Caviar this spring.

Moody, who rates Black Caviar the best horse he has trained on raw ability, is already eyeing next month’s Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m) with the filly who is unbeaten in three starts by an aggregate of 14-3/4 lengths and.

Peter MoodyThe latest was a soft 3-3/4 length victory in Saturday’s Listed Arrow Training Services Plate (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
“She’d have to go to the Danehill and be dominant against a better line-up than she met yesterday including the likes of Manhattan Rain who ran third in the (Golden) Slipper.
“If she did that again the Manikato would become a serious option.”
“The Thousand Guineas is the logical aim. The question is how we go about getting there.
“If she was dominant in the Danehill she could go three weeks to the Manikato and the three weeks to the (Thousand) Guineas.
“I know it would be 1200 metres to a mile (1600m) but if she continues to settle and quicken like she did yesterday, I wouldn’t see it as too much of a problem.”
Moody says on raw ability, Black Caviar is the best horse he has trained and compared her to Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Hcp winner General Nediym who he looked after when he was foreman for Bill Mitchell.
One rival Caulfield trainer who will be happy to see Black Caviar miss the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) against the colts and geldings is Tony Vasil who won the Listed Essendon NIssan Stakes (1200m) with Carrara on Saturday.
“He’s going along as good as most of the three-year-olds so far. He’s a push button horse,” Vasil said.
“(But) Black Caviar is a very, very good horse. She’s excellent, I wish I had her.
“The only question mark you put on her head is when they are so brilliant you wonder if they’ll get a lot further. Most times they don’t, but she rested and finished too strongly so maybe she will.
“Whether she’s one of those top class fillies that you see that come along once every decade…..but she looks pretty good. As long as she keeps in fillies races I’ll be happy.”
Carrara, who has won three races and hasn’t been out of a place in six starts, is heading towards a start in the $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10 through the Group Two Bill Stutt Stakes (1600m) at the Moonee Valley night meeting on September 25.
The Manikato Stakes is on the same night.