Black Caviar's odds at shortest ever
Bookmakers have posted champion sprinting mare Black Caviar at the shortest odds of her brilliant career to return today as a winner in the Group One Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.
She is at odds of 1-50 (A$1.02) in ante-post markets, with all six of her rivals 100-1 or better to upset her as she chases her 17th win from as many starts. That would level her up with the win streak of Silent Witness, but still leave her lagging two wins behind the recent achievements of American female star Zenyatta and the 19-win streaks of last century by Gloaming and Desert Gold in the southern hemisphere.
Trainer Peter Moody hopes to take Black Caviar to a 20-win unbeaten run in Australia before looking at other options. He has been looking less enthusiastic about overseas travel plans, but said the owners were keen to tackle Royal Ascot.
'She's done a pretty good job thus far and she can only beat what's put in front of her,' he said. 'I think it's ridiculous that she's got to go overseas to prove herself the best sprinter in the world when our horses have been proven the best. She's going to travel three-quarters of the way around the world to race inferior opposition for much inferior prize money. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but let's do it.'
Moody will sit down with the owners after today's race to discuss options, if she does leave Australia, including a Dubai stopover on the way to Ascot, but has become more open lately regarding his fear of the risks inherent in overseas flights and quarantines and of her longevity.
'She's probably at the stage of her career where any run she has now could be the farewell,' Moody said. 'We want to see her 110 per cent, so that at any stage along the way that I don't think that's the case, I wouldn't hesitate to, one, stop the preparation and, two, recommend retirement. Records or not. She's got no problems, but you just worry a horse that goes that fast and is that big, that something can fly off.'