Moody's dream to give Black Caviar a grand farewell tour
Grey Morris From: Northern Territory News August 03, 2012
CHAMPION racehorse Black Caviar could embark on a "grand final tour" of the eastern states, including Brisbane, before retiring.
Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody said last night an autumn grand final tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane would be his dream farewell for the champion mare.
Black Caviar has already been ruled out of this year's Spring Carnival after a long campaign that concluded with her win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in England in June.
Black Caviar has won 22 races in a row, including 12 Group 1s, and won more than $6.8 million in prizemoney.
"It's a $50 million question on whether she'll even race again, and without telling a lie, I've got absolutely no idea," Moody said.
Black Caviar is certain to be voted Australia's champion racehorse for the second time next month, joining mares like Miss Andretti (2006-07), Makybe Diva (2004-05 and 2005-06), and Sunline (1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02) as multiple champions.
Moody is taking a careful and calculated approach to the horse's future. He did not suggest which Brisbane race would be her likely target.
"I'm going to walk out to her paddock in four or five weeks' time and have a look at her and say yes or no," he said. "The owners will do what I suggest.
"My dream is to have a grand final tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
"I would love something like that. If I can see it in her we'll do it. If she's not right, she has run her last race, as is the way I've approached her last five or six runs.
"Right now my recommendation will be she won't go to stud this year and we'll put it off until next year.
"I'll give her a preparation until around Christmas and if I think she's going well enough we'll see her at the races about February.
"If she's not she'll sit in the paddock until the 2013 breeding season."