Offspring worth weight in caviar but not for sale
23 October, Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald
RACING'S version of the royal wedding is on the cards with English aristocrat Frankel short-listed as a possible first date for Australia's unbeaten darling Black Caviar.
Neil Werrett and the owners of Black Caviar were in the stands at Ascot last Saturday as Frankel finished his unbeaten career recording a 14th consecutive win in the British Champions Stakes.
Frankel will head to the breeding barn for the next part of his career and could have a high-profile partner next year.
''We would consider going to Frankel because he is clearly the best distance horse in the world,'' Werrett said from Hong Kong. ''There would have to be a few conditions that would have to be worked out to make it happen but the two best horses in the world together - that would be something. I might be a little biased but I would say he is the second best horse I have ever seen.''
The dream mating will only happen once Black Caviar finishes her career next year with a farewell tour of Australia. The product of the mating would be priceless and would not be for sale.
Black Caviar has already stolen hearts in England after going to Royal Ascot and winning the Diamond Jubilee in June, which was part of the British Champions Series.
Werrett and Black Caviar's owners went back to England to further celebrate her 22nd consecutive success, at the Champions dinner on Friday.
''Every winner from the series gets asked to the dinner, so it was a racing's who's who. The Coolmore boys were there because of So You Think and we had a great night,'' Werrett said.
''We were then the guests of Ascot for the races and it was just fantastic to be there to see Frankel, especially considering how the crowd reacted to him. It was good to be there and not have the pressure of her running like last time we were there.''
Meanwhile, Black Caviar has a little sister on the ground after Helsinge foaled another Bel Esprit filly at Gilgai Farm on Thousand Guineas morning last Wednesday.
The sister to the world's fastest mare will not be offered for sale but has already been valued at more than $2 million.
She has a tradition to live up to after her half-brother by Casino Prince, All Too Hard, won the Caulfield Guineas only day earlier to become the second group 1 winner in the family.
All Too Hard is likely to run in Saturday's Cox Plate and victory would enhance the family's stellar resumé´.
It is understood breeder Ric Jamieson will offer a half-sister to Black Caviar, by champion sire Redoute's Choice, at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale next year. It will be the final member of this dynasty to go under the hammer for public sale.
Black Caviar has been named Australian racehorse of the year for the past two seasons. She has won 12 times at group 1 level but her career looked over after being injured during her win at Royal Ascot.
However, Black Caviar was given time to recover from the muscle injuries before she returned to Peter Moody's stables last month. The trainer was happy she was back to full fitness and gave the all clear for a return to the track next year.
It will give Black Caviar an opportunity to break Kingston Town's record of 14 group 1 wins in the modern racing era.
Moody outlined a program that includes runs in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. She is likely to be the feature act on the opening day of the redeveloped Randwick in the group 1 TJ Smith on April 13.