New Year’s Eve 2012. Black Caviar returned to trainer Peter Moody after a stay on Peter Clarke’s Murchison property.HANNAH DRISCOLL February 15, 2013 4:20am
Black Caviar has already proved she is a champion of the track, but showed her cheeky side to youngster Deakin Jinnette during a stay at Murchison.
New Year’s Eve 2012. Black Caviar returned to trainer Peter Moody after a stay on Peter Clarke’s Murchison property.
And, in an ominous report for those racing against her in tomorrow’s Group One Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington, Clarke reported to Moody he had not sent the champion mare back in better condition than she was on that occasion.
Tomorrow the six-year-old will attempt her 23rd-straight win and become the first thoroughbred to win three Lightning Stakes, in as many years.
This is her first run in Melbourne since winning the Lightning on February 18 last year and it has been renamed in her honour.
She had two more wins at Morphettville before her now infamous win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23, after which the possibility of retirement was raised.
Clarke said ‘‘Nellie’’ arrived at Murchison after her stay in quarantine and a month at Moody’s stables in Melbourne
‘‘Her injuries were well and truly in the healing phase and we had her in rehab for a good month and that progressed well,’’ he said.
Clarke said she was scanned while at Murchison and ‘‘the general consensus of opinion was ‘I think we can go again’
‘‘All of us were thinking she would need to be retired, but we were working towards the hope she would recover,’’ he said
‘‘The final conclusion was I was really happy with her.
‘‘The mare was really happy in herself, she was carrying herself well. She was probably the best she’s ever been.
‘‘At that stage, we still had eight weeks before the first of January when she had to be at Moody’s stables to get ready for this race, so it was ‘Okay I think we’re going to have a go’.
‘‘If we weren’t going to go ahead then, she would have been retired and everyone thought that was probably going to be the case.’’
Clarke rebutted claims made last month that said Black Caviar’s weight had ballooned, saying she had shed weight in England and was a ‘‘shadow of herself’’.
‘‘People get confused because she is a very strong mare and all horses have their optimum racing weight and her racing weight is really quite high,’’ he said.
Clarke said Black Caviar was ‘‘in a lovely place herself’’ and predicted she would ‘‘run really well’’.
‘‘Moods is talking about it being her swansong, but everyone’s really cautious of the fact if there’s a little bit of a problem, we have to pull the pin,’’ Clarke said.
‘‘They’re not looking too far ahead, but you would hope she would put this race away nicely and then go on for another couple.’’
Clarke will not be in Melbourne to watch the race and will instead watch from home.
‘‘She’ll run as good on Saturday as she’s ever run and that is just an enormous feeling, an enormous feeling,’’ he said.
‘‘I was talking to Peter Moody the other day, ‘Only five more sleeps, five more sleeps’,
‘‘I haven’t been excited for six months, but now I can’t wait.’’
A tree is down near the Boulevard and Jordan Place in Shepparton.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
CERES will be moving to a new rhythm on June 10 when Melbourne’s Andrew Swift is joined by the Weeping Willows for a series of performances.
CONSTRUCTION of Rochester’s gym is well into the swing of things, with concrete walls erected early last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
RENEWAL works have resumed on the Coliban Main Channel this month.
For most 10-year-olds, mischievous isn’t a word often found in their vocabulary, let alone having the ability to spell it correctly. But for Cobram Anglican Grammar Year 5 student Cadence Pang, it’s all in a day’s work.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
China has recognised the Riverland region in South Australia as fruit fly free, but Fruit Growers Victoria chairman Gary Godwill said there was no such thing, and the decision was unlikely to eventually include the Goulburn Valley.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.