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Melb Bid For Frankel-Black Caviar Match Race

Wednesday, 19th October 2011

The Melbourne Racing Club “has launched an audacious autumn plan to lure the world's best colt Frankel to race the world's best mare Black Caviar at Caulfield” reported The Herald-Sun. MRC chairman Mike Symons confirmed he instructed bloodstock consultant Mark Player “to invite owners of the unbeaten English 3YO”. Symons “is open to a 1400m match race or clash in the $500,000 Gr1 Futurity Stakes at the same distance”. He noted: “We are prepared to be flexible with the timing of the Futurity, which is normally run in late February. Frankel would normally start his campaign in early April, so we would be happy to push back to March. We would increase prize-money significantly, but that would take care of itself when you have the 2 best racehorses in the world. Peter Moody (Black Caviar's trainer) has said he wants to step her up in distance before travelling to Europe, so the Futurity in April would be perfect.” Player was at Ascot in England last weekend to watch Frankel win the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs) & Symons said: “We expect an answer from Mark today. We want to test the appetite of Frankel's owner Prince Khalid Abdullah & trainer Sir Henry Cecil about travelling to meet the best sprinting mare in history. They have said they will consider going to the US next year in what will be Frankel's final racing year as a 4YO. What about coming here, particularly given Frankel could one day become a shuttle stallion to Australia?" Moody said the concept was “something any racing administrator in the world would covet” adding: “It would be the ultimate challenge, the best 1200m horse in Black Caviar & the best over 1600m in Frankel, so obviously you would run it over 1400m. I haven't spoken to her owners but, knowing them, I'm sure they would be up for it.”

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