Moody itching to bring Aussie sprint star Black Caviar to HK
Australian trainer Peter Moody was an interested observer at Sunday's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races, with the run of Ortensia in the Hong Kong Sprint surely whetting his appetite for a tilt at the race with Black Caviar.
Ortensia's strong finishing fifth placed her only a few lengths inferior to J J The Jet Plane and Co. and Australians at the meeting pondered just how Black Caviar - who thrashed Ortensia recently in Melbourne - would not have won the race.
Moody, now Melbourne's champion trainer, has been a regular visitor to the Hong Kong meeting through the years.
'Certainly it's something we'd like to explore down the track,' he said. 'I think Australian racing is the best racing in the world, but the itch is there to get out there and show it on a world stage. So hopefully not only Black Caviar but maybe a few of the stablemates can step up to the plate and we can look at that in the coming seasons.'
Black Caviar will be out to make it nine straight wins in the Group One Lightning Stakes 1,000m at Flemington on February 19, the first leg of the 2011 Global Sprint Challenge, before tackling the Newmarket Handicap over 1,200m at the straight course.
'The Newmarket would be a fitting race for her I feel and then we've got the a number of races in mind during the year, but maybe this meeting in Hong Kong would fit into her plans for the end of next year,' Moody said.