CHAMPION mare Black Caviar may not have broken any records in her leisurely public gallop at Caulfield on Saturday but her demeanour and physical appearance thrilled her trainer, Peter Moody.
After the six-year-old mare strode over 800 metres in front of an adoring crowd, Moody said that the condition of the world’s fastest mare was better than it had been in the past two or three seasons.
”We were here today just to see how she handles it and she was perfect,” he said. ”We wanted to see any negativity, and there wasn’t any. She’s had eight months out and I must say that she’s going into her first run in 14 days in terrific overall condition.
”We wanted to be sure that we weren’t kidding ourselves by bringing her back but her muscles are perfect and there’s no heat in her knees or joints, it’s a terrific position to be in. There’s no wear and tear but that will come. That’ll just be part of her preparation. Just like her knees and joints, they’ll all be exposed to wear and tear, but at this stage, 14 days from her first race start, I couldn’t be happier.”
The leading trainer said the Black Caviar Lightning on February 16 would be her first mission but remained open-minded about any further commitments for the mare believing they had many options.
”The Lightning is our target now but there’s a race just about every week after that for her so we’ve got a bit to pick from,” he said. ”And if she falls in in the Lightning we’ll regroup and see if we go on as we’d hate that record to be blemished.”
Moody said jockey Luke Nolen was happy with the gallop but stressed that the undefeated superstar showed ”no negativity” and enjoyed being at Caulfield for the gallop. The trainer conceded that he was happy with his star’s first public appearance since winning at Royal Ascot last year.
”We have the best sprinter in the world but we also have the best sprinters in the world [in Australia] so it’s terribly competitive and there’s always a younger one coming up, so it’s never easy,” he said. ”But having her in such condition is a wonderful start to a campaign.
”She’s not hurting anywhere, she’s happy, she’s enjoying her gallops and that’s so important.”
Black Caviar stroke over 800m with Nolen giving the winner of 22 races more rein in the straight, and she went to the line in perfect order.
The much-talked-about gallop was the first public appearance in Melbourne by Black Caviar since she raced in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington last year. The world champion will be striving to win her third Lightning Stakes, however, this time the race is named in her honour.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.