Black Caviar firms to race again, but limited to handful of starts in autumn
Adrian Dunn From: Herald Sun August 19, 2012 9:30pm
THE odds are shortening that Black Caviar will race again in the autumn, but a decision will not be made until next month.
Senior part-owner Neil Werrett, who inspected the unbeaten champion with trainer Peter Moody last week, rated Black Caviar's chances of racing next year as 50-50.
Werrett said if Black Caviar returned, she would be limited to a handful of starts and would definitely be retired at the end of the season.
He said Black Caviar would be given another couple of weeks in the paddock, then brought back into Moody's Caulfield stables to gauge how she felt in work.
"If there is any chance that she is not 100 per cent by then, we will put her to stud," Werrett said.
"If all is good we have all agreed we will give her a preparation in the autumn.
"We are just going to let the horse tell us and Pete has some really good advisers in chiropractors and vets."
Werrett admitted the day after Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in late June, all connected with the mare thought she had run her last race, but she had since improved.
"She looked really well and healthy, she looked bright. She had her (racing) shoes off for the first time in six to eight months," Werrett told Sydney radio.
Werrett rated Black Caviar's latest success, albeit by her smallest winning margin, as her "best effort and by far her most memorable win".
"Her win in the Newmarket was pretty outstanding and when she let Hay List kick clear at Randwick (TJ Smith) had my heart racing a bit," he said.
"If she could come back and have four or five runs in the autumn and then retire her by this time... "
Asked if he was pre-occupied by preserving Black Caviar's unbeaten record, Werrett replied: "If we were keen to preserve her unbeaten record, I think we would have retired her."