Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Black Caviar Built to Handle Heavy Burden; Shot at History in Newmarket Handicap Challenge

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Black Caviar Built to Handle Heavy Burden; Shot at History in Newmarket Handicap Challenge

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FORMER Ipswich premier trainer Peter Moody is this weekend aiming to do what no other Australian trainer has done with his champion mare Black Caviar.

Moody has been reluctant to declare Black Caviar as a definite starter in the Newmarket Handicap due to the heavy weight she is being asked to carry.

No mare has won the Newmarket Handicap with the weight of 58 kilograms which Black Caviar is being asked to carry.

Only Shaftesbury Avenue has carried top weight of 58 kilograms or more to win a Newmarket Handicap in the past 50 years.

The highest weight carrying mare to win the race was Maybe Mahal with 56.5kg.

With so much history against Black Caviar, she will need to be a champion to achieve a record 10 straight unbeaten start to her career on Saturday.

Black Caviar's record stands at nine wins from nine starts, equalling the record of Grand Flaneur who was retired after winning the Melbourne Cup in 1880.

Grand Flaneur's win in the Melbourne Cup of that year was the ninth win of an undefeated career on predominantly City tracks.

Black Caviar is the fourth galloper to equal the record of nine consecutive wins on city tracks to start a career, though no galloper has won their first 10 straight on city tracks.

One of the other record equalling gallopers was the great filly Eyeliner back in the 1960s.

Eyeliner was bred and owned by the Ipswich committeemen Perc and Ted Kruger and the members' lounge at the ITC is named in honour of the fondly remembered filly.

Black Caviar is giving away 5kg to impressive dual Group 1-winning colt Star Witness.

Star Witness is another with an Ipswich connection as he is part-owned by Ipswich businessman Mark Corvo.

Corvo is the principal of Brian Grant Kitchens at Bundamba and is excited about his colt's chances on Saturday.

Corvo is off to Melbourne on Thursday for the big race, hoping that Star Witness can add to his impressive prizemoney tally which is already well in excess of $1 million.

Weather woes

ONLY two races were contested at Ipswich last Friday as the meeting was abandoned due to continuing rain throughout the day. …

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