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|Caviar may be on Dubai menu on World Cup night|
There is a real buzz of excitement in
Dubai with the news that the outstanding Australian sprinter Black
Caviar has been entered for two races on World Cup night at Meydan on
March 31, raising the possibility of the flying mare racing outside her
homeland for the very first time, writes Elliot Slater.
Unbeaten in all 16 career starts, the Peter Moody-trained darling of the Australian racing scene has been given an entry in the five furlong turf contest the Al Quoz Sprint, and in the six furlong turf event the Dubai Golden Shaheen. The Dubaian authorities are reportedly ecstatic at the prospect of the horse rated the best sprinter in the world during the last 20 years making an appearance at the glittering event that attracts some of the best horses in the world from five different continents. Those making a horse racing bet will have a hard time picking a winner.
The six-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit is expected to compete at Royal Ascot in June where she will have a choice of entries, including the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes and the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes, but it may prove to be the international crowd that is set to flock to Dubai for the World Cup meeting that get to set eyes on Moody’s mare in the flesh before British racegoers at the royal fixture.
Black Caviar, an outstanding sprinter equally effective at five and six furlongs, has had three runs so far this term, hacking up in Group 2 company over five furlongs in early October before following up in equally impressive fashion over a furlong further just a fortnight later at Moonee Valley when beating Doubtful Jack by 6/1 lengths at the miniscule odds of just 1/33! Back in Group 1 company at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, Luke Nolen’s regular mount toyed with the opposition in justifying odds of 1/25 in the Patinack Farms Classic.