Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Black Caviar phenomenon continues in Queensland


Black Caviar is aiming for her 13th win in succession and 6th Group One in the BTC Cup at Doomben race track on Saturday (today) . Queensland Racing is expecting record crowds to attend, matching or even overtaking the turnout back in the 1970s for Queensland racing hero Gunsynd aka The Goondawindi Grey.

The weather on Saturday in Brisbane is expected to be fine and sunny, so the track should be good. Certainly better than the present weather here in Melbourne where winter has struck with a vengeance. Oh to be in sunny Queensland!

A field of eight will contest the BTC Cup, a weight for age competition over 1200 metres. The field includes Hay List who proved his superiority to the majority of sprinters excepting Black Caviar, recently demolishing a classy field in the All Aged Stakes with an effortless 3.5 length win. Black Caviar and Hay List have met on three occasions, and the mare has won all three, so I can’t see Hay List getting the better of her in this.

The remainder of the field will no doubt have to fight for third spot. Old troopers Black Piranha and Snipers Bullet who haven’t raced since December 2010, resume in this race. They both have form on the track, but they’ll probably be pipped by super consistent mare Melito or one of the other younger contenders.

It’ll be a must watch race for racing fans all over Australia simply because of super star Black Caviar, but alas it won’t be free to air TV. I’m contemplating going to the nearest TAB to witness the event, depending on the weather.

Speaking of stars of the turf, the 2010 Australian Spring Carnival hero, So You Think, had his first start for his new trainer Aiden O’Brien in a 2000 metre race at the Curragh in Ireland. Though not pitted against the top echelon of middle distance runners, So You Think won the race by 10 lengths, displaying his obvious class and impressing all and sundry. He’ll be contesting harder races in June, so here’s hoping he continues his winning ways.

This post was written mid week, but as Blogger has been down I haven’t been able to post it until today.

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