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Herald Sun Form Guide : February 8th 2013
36 Herald Sun, Friday, February 8, 2013 heraldsun + + PAGE 36 DHS 8-FEB-2013 FIRST C M YK Festival can launch a global campaign Trailblazer: Miss Andretti wins at Ascot in 2007. BLACK Caviar continued a burgeoning trend in 2012 when she used the Mel- bourne Festival of Racing to launch a successful raid on the mother country. The festival's reputation as a springboard for inter- national campaigns has evolved since Aussie speed- ster Choisir stunned the lo- cals at Royal Ascot, UK, a decade ago. Since then, Takeover Tar- get, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast, Starspangledbanner and, of course, Black Caviar have all progressed from Melbourne's summer-aut- umn sprints. The festival's pathway to the world, which was solidi- fied in 2005 with the launch of the Global Sprint Challenge, has been further enhanced with this year's introduction of the G1 Championship. The leading point-scorer in both the sprinter and mid- dle-distance G1 Champion- ship will earn a $50,000 travel subsidy to fly the flag for Aus- tralia abroad during 2013. While June's Royal Ascot has been the focus for Aussie horses, March's Dubai World Cup and May's Singapore Cup meetings are also key targets. The Global Sprint Chal- lenge --- 10 races in six count- ries --- again starts in Mel- bourne with the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flem- ington on Saturday week. It's questionable whether Black Caviar will leave our shores again, but the world's racing scouts will be in Mel- bourne over the next month in a bid to persuade her and others to travel abroad. Another Aussie sprinting heroine, Ortensia, a Group 1 winner in Dubai and England last year, is one star that will be using the festival to launch a second inter- national assault in 2013. Star Caviar a track magnet Matt Stewart BLACK CAVIAR (VIC) 6YO mare Trainer: Peter Moody Jockey: Luke Nolen Record: 22 starts, 22 wins Earnings: $6.8 million Festival target: Black Caviar Lightning BARAKEY (WA) 5YO gelding Trainer: Jim Taylor Jockey: Jason Brown Record: 11 starts, 11 wins Earnings: $686,900 Festival target: Newmarket Handicap CALLANISH (VIC) 4YO gelding Trainer: Mick Price Jockey: Dale Smith Record: 8 starts, 8 wins Earnings: $247,551 Festival target: Australian Cup THE UNBEATEN OWNERS of unraced horses have springs in their step, be- cause if a horse is unraced it is also unbeaten. Once beaten, the sky is no longer the limit. Bruce McAvaney, peerless in putting sporting things into proper context, once summed up the mystique of Black Caviar. ''When they are unbeaten, you still think they are invin- cible,'' McAvaney said. ''Once they lose, that invincibility, that aura, is gone.'' The hook to this Festival Of Racing is that the aura is still there --- not just with Black Caviar but with Barakey and Callanish. Between them, the world champion, the Perth wonder horse and the well-placed handicapper have raced 41 times and never been beaten. Black Caviar represents over half the haul with 22 straight wins. The aura is intact but this time around there is also wonder. It's been a year since Melbourne racegoers saw Black Caviar first hand. We had a glimpse at Caulfield last Saturday when she appeared under saddle, in daylight as opposed to a 4am silhouette, for a between-races hit-out at Caulfield. With Black Caviar, mere presence, a solo canter, is enough. We've studied, analysed and critiqued her appearance for over two years now. At Royal Ascot last June even those watching at home winced as she paraded before the Golden Jubilee Stakes. Her coat appeared dull. Her famous bulk was gone. She appeared feminine and vulnerable and in retrospect her appearance probably ex- plained her struggling win up the testing Ascot straight. So we were desperate to see her again last Saturday. She was huge. Not fat, but huge. Black Caviar has never had one of those shiny coats, like Lonhro, but she positively glowed in the mounting yard and she purred on the track. cantering the last 800m of her work in a tick over 44 seconds. The stage was set, right there. Some would have been happy to see her retired after Royal Ascot, but it's imposs- ible not to be swept up in her Festival Of Racing come- back. Barakey will not take on Black Caviar this carnival, which might rob it of a dream marketing opportunity but it also presents Barakey with a reasonable chance of extend- ing his 11-win streak. Barakey is expected to run in the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap, trek- king the same difficult path as former Perth great Placid Ark 27 years ago. Barakey's last win was his most courageous, overcom- ing a wide gate and a swarm of attackers to score a near all-the-way win in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot last November. As good as he is, Barakey has raced exclusively in the west; a protected species. In the Newmarket, he will confront the likes of Shamal Wind (also unbeaten) and Pierro. While hardly likely, Peter Moody hasn't ruled out the Newmarket for Black Caviar. By comparison to Black Caviar and Barakey, Callanish has won his eight straight almost anonymously; a debut win at Cranbourne, four grind- ing wins at Lakeside, one at Hillside and one at Caulfield before rounding off with a win in the Seymour Cup. Trainer Mick Price has ac- cepted the challenge of the $1 million G1 Championship bonus, kicking Callanish off against All Too Hard in to- morrow's C.F. Orr Stakes be- fore tackling the Peter Young Stakes and Australian Cup. Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon is being aimed at the Australian Cup at Flemington, the same day that Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune resumes for what shapes as an autumn cameo in the Blamey Stakes. BREAKING NEWS I LATEST SCO RACING SUPERRACING.COM.AU
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