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Caviar already causing rivals to rethink in Brisbane


BLACKCAVIAThe looming shadow of wonder mare Black Caviar over the upcoming Brisbane carnival has forced one trainer to rethink his plans to send a Group I winner to stud on a high.

Captain Sonador is currently midway through his final racing campaign before he begins his stud career at Raheen Stud in Queensland.

The son of Shamardal is in Sydney preparing for Saturday’s Group I Doncaster Mile before returning to his home state to run in the major events during the winter.

“He’ll run in the Doncaster before he has probably two more starts in Brisbane,” Captain Sonador’s trainer Roger Milne said.

Milne had the Group I Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in mind before Captain Sonador has his swansong start in the Group I Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June. However, the presence of Black Caviar has forced the trainer into a rethink.

“There is probably no way he could beat Black Caviar in the Doomben 10,000,” Milne said.

“I have seen her win three times now in the flesh and she seems to get better every time so I might look at another race for him before the Stradbroke.

“He could run in the 10,000 but there might be something better around for him before his last race.”