|There are two great racing events been staged in Australia this weekend, the first at Bathurst, where V8 Supercars will be tearing around the famous mountain track, and the second at Caulfield Racecourse, the setting for the Schillaci Stakes.|
What makes this year’s $2001,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes over 1000m so mouth watering is the return of champion mare Black Caviar and her quest to match Phar Lap’s record streak of 14 consecutive race wins.
Black Caviar won her 13th and last race, the Group 1 Bundaberg Distilling Co BTC Cup over 1200m, at Doomben on May 14. With Phar Lap’s record in sight, she was entered to race at Cranbourne on September 19, but was a late scratching.
With the focus turning to Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, racing fans will be able to see Black Caviar – currently the world’s best sprinter – at this Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas Day.
Trainer Peter Moody is looking forward to Black Caviar racing again after her winter spell and believes she will break Phar Lap’s consecutive wins record.
“She’s doing well, it’s her first run since May, she’s had a good break and has returned in good form so hopefully she carries that through to the races on Saturday as she shoot for 14 straight,” say Black Caviar Trainer Peter Moody.
“I’m not suggesting that she’s going to go any faster, but I think physically and mentally she’s probably really matured. This suggests to me that this next 12 months will be her best 12 months.
“She’s been a late blooming type mare; she certainly won’t go any slower.”
At a track of a different kind, IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison is taking his 640-horse power V8 Supercar to the holy grail of Australian motor sport – the Supercheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst.
Davison is hoping to become the first Ford driver in four years to win V8’s ‘Great Race’, but he will also be keeping a close ear to the transistor radio when Black Caviar hits the track.
“With IRWIN Racing up here in Bathurst for the Supercheap Auto 1000 and Black Caviar at the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield, it’s a big weekend if you are into your racing,” said IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison.
“Black Caviar is an Australian sporting legend, we are all racers and appreciate what it takes to have such success, 13 on the trot is an amazing effort. Fingers crosses she can equal Phar Lap’s record of 14 straight wins.
“If she does it, it’s amazing that next week we will be talking about Black Caviar in the same sentence as Phar Lap, which is phenomenal given Phar Lap’s record.
“I’ve put my money on Black Caviar to win; hopefully she can come through and do it.”
The Schillaci Stakes is race four on the Caulfield Guineas Day card, with a race start time of 1.20pm this Saturday. The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 starts at 10.30am this Sunday (all times Eastern Daylight Savings Time)