No spring racing for Black Caviar
|No spring racing for Black Caviar - 1st Aug 2012|
Unbeaten superstar Black Caviar is in a secluded hideaway for the next month after it was decided the champion sprinter would miss the spring carnival.|
Managing owner Neil Werrett said "it is 50-50" whether Black Caviar will race again after making it 22-in-a-row in Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot last month.
"This will give her four or five months off," Werrett said. "Her last win was her hardest and most heroic and she deserves a good break.
"We are not telling anyone where she is because we want her to have a good break. If people know where she is they will just turn up to see her."
Trainer Peter Moody was happy the way Black Caviar came through her trip to England and she has recovered well from the muscle strains her efforts caused at Royal Ascot. However another month will give her body time to further mend and connections want to see if she maintain a zest for racing.
Another factor in waiting to make a decision was a number of owners are still overseas.
"We want everyone there when we make the decision because it so important," Werrett said. "We will all sit down and make this decision together.
"We have always done what is best for her and if she is bouncing around the paddock in a month it will be an easy choice.
"But we will be guided by Peter and his team."
Werrett said no stallion had been chosen for Black Caviar as yet, should she be retired, but "the top five stallions in country all have appeal." If Black Caviar is to return to the track she could do a farewell tour of Australia.
"Really there is not much for a sprinter like her in the spring," Werrett said. "We were looking at the Manikato and Patinack Classic only.
"In the autumn there are races in Melbourne starting with the Lightning Stakes [that she has won twice], Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
"There are plenty of options."
Courtesy Fairfax Digital and www.theage.com.au