Black in business

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 8:05 GMT

Trainer Peter Moody believes Black Caviar is as well as she has been "for a few years" ahead of her return to the track at Flemington on Saturday.

Black Caviar reported to be thriving ahead of return

Australia's champion mare is unbeaten in 22 starts, but has not been seen since her dramatic victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Although her racing career had been in the balance following her exertions in England, the extraordinary sprinter has reportedly made a seamless return to full training.

Her first port of call is a Group One five-furlong sprint which has this year been named in her honour - the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

"She's prepped up brilliantly. I haven't had her in this condition for a few years," said Moody.

"She's very happy in what she's been doing and she goes into the race in terrific order.

"It's satisfying to have her back in this order because the day after she won in England I thought that was it, she's going to be retired.

"But she's proved us wrong and also proved that we weren't kidding ourselves by giving her another preparation."

Moody has refused to make conditional plans for Black Caviar until she has shown her well-being in the Lightning Stakes - a race she has won for the last two years.

"She will run on Saturday and then we'll re-examine things," said Moody.

"We have a number of options to explore, but let's get Saturday's race out of the way.

"She's done extremely well and I couldn't be happier with her, but I don't want to go making plans before we see her race."


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