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Moody to assess weights before Caviar decision


1 Melbourne’s premier trainer Peter Moody says he will not commit Lightning Stakes winner Black Caviar to a Group I Newmarket Handicap (1200m) start until he assesses the weight scale for next month’s feature sprint.

Black Caviar asserted her total dominance of the Australian sprinting ranks with a soft win in the Group I Lightning Stakes.

Moody told Sydney’s Sky Sports Radio he wanted to make sure he did not ask the four-year-old to overcome an insurmountable weight obstacle to win the Newmarket Handicap.

“We are not committed to the Newmarket,” Moody said.

“I’m pretty confident she will be there on Newmarket day, but I just want to make sure I’m not setting her an impossible task.”

Black Caviar is all but certain to carry the 58kg top weight in the Newmarket Handicap on March 5, but Moody said the amount of weight the unbeaten mare would have to concede to her rivals would decide whether the mare returns to Flemington.

Moody said the Newmarket would be Black Caviar’s last run in a handicap before rising weights force the mare into racing solely under the weight-for-age format for the rest of her career.

“We are already pretty certain what weight she will get, probably 58kg,” Moody said. “It’s what weight she has to give the nice horses underneath her.”

“What gives me heart is there is a 52kg minimum, so the most she is going to be giving is 6kg.”