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.’’
Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Midland Hwy near Tatura yesterday.
Mulwala opened the encounter against Congupna in attacking form getting in first use of the ball out of the centre and driving it forward to the fast leading Troy Taylor.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.