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Half-Time May Never Be The Same Again

Friday, 22nd March 2013

While the Melbourne Cup will forever be the race that stops the nation, this evening's renewal of the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley promises to attract a record television audience and a full-house on-course. Logistically cleverly slotted in as part of the AFL season-opener's half-time break – a time normally reserved for ablutions and liberal liquid refills – the 9.55pm start-time will almost inevitably go down in history as the last occasion Black Caviar appears in a Melbourne race. There still remains a battle to be fought and won, however one suspects that tonight the black powerhouse will do what she has always done: she'll simply Black Caviar her opposition en-route to a date with destiny in Sydney, and then? With the prospect of retirement an omnipresent yolk that hangs around her neck, if not across her withers, theage.com.au's Peter Hanlon, with pitch perfect prose, captures the pressures facing her connections on when to blow the full-time whistle: read it in its entirety by clicking his name in this item.

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