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Record Weight Leaves Caviar "50-50" For Gr1 Newmarket
Meanwhile trainer Peter Moody is "determined to put horse before history" & yesterday said Black Caviar was "no better than a 50-50 chance to start in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap" reported The Herald-Sun. Unbeaten Black Caviar "is the near-unbackable $1.35 favourite for Australia's most famous handicap sprint, but weight has Moody considering a softer weight-for-age path as he attempts to maintain the champion's record". Racing Victoria handicapper Neil Jennings confirmed yesterday that Black Caviar "would be slugged 58kg in the Newmarket on March 12"; the highest winning weight carried by a mare in the 136-year history of the race was 56.5kg by Maybe Mahal in 1978. Hay List has been given 56.5kg in the Newmarket & Moody described a "3.5kg Newmarket weight turnaround on Black Caviar's Lightning Stakes whipping boy" Hay List as "a bit harsh", noting: "He's a far more seasoned, experienced horse than her. We beat him by 3.5-lengths in the Lightning on Saturday. Does that equate to 3.5kg? We've got this world champion-thingy attached to us, but does a high performance rating mean she automatically has to carry the grandstand off 2 Gr1 wins?" However Hay List's trainer John McNair retorted: "Have you seen the size of Black Caviar? You reckon a bit of extra weight will stop her?" Moody said another great mare Makybe Diva had received "far less severe treatment from the handicapper" (Makybe Diva carried 58kg to victory in the 2005 Melbourne Cup, despite previously winning 2 Cups & 4 other Gr1s) & added: "I'm not saying I want any favours, but it seems ridiculous to me that we've won 2 Gr1s & get the same weight as Makybe Diva after she'd won 2 Cups & a heap of other races. She's (Black Caviar) only won 2 Gr1s, for crying out loud. I just want to let everyone know who is thinking of backing her that she's no better than 50-50 to go around."