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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 SPORT 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA early to call, but can these owners, who are still reeling from the thrilling ride of their lives when Black Caviar dominated the track from 2009-2013, possibly be so lucky again? Could these young Black Caviar proteges possibly take them all the way to the heady heights of meeting the Queen at Royal Ascot once more? The signs are certainly positive. First out of the gate will be Black Caviars bay yearling filly, born in September 2014 after being sired by well-loved stallion Exceed and Excel. She is being broken in at another secret location in NSW and all being well could potentially race as early as August or September. But only if she is ready. Shes a real little professional, says her handler, who cant be named due to the high security measures around the foals. Its almost like shes been here before, shes got such a willing attitude. Speaking for the first time, the trainer told the NT News the filly, who also has a playful nature and loves to play with a broom whenever she has the chance, has been ridden twice in recent weeks and didnt put a foot wrong. I dont have a crystal ball but I can say shes showing great signs of being a great horse to work with because she has great attitude and covers the ground nicely. As for the latest colt, sired by Sebring, hes also showing great promise, even at such a young age. THE breeders andsyndicate are all hopingthat Peter Moody, thetrainer who led Black Caviar to superstardom, will be cleared next month on charges relating to a cobalt reading in his racehorse, Lidari. Peter is part of our dream team, Kerrin Wilkie says. We just hope everything can be in place in exactly the same way as it was with Black Caviar. As we do a photo shoot in her paddock, Black Caviar calmly munches on a couple of carrots, her favourite, as we all continue to fuss over her foal. His young female handler is showing the owners why the stud believes he could be a superstar like his mum. Look at his length, the shoulder muscles, the proportions are perfect, she says. The colt would already be worth $4-5 million at the yearling sales according to industry experts. If he wins just one race he could be sold for a staggering $50 million-plus. But all five couples agree selling the foals just isnt an option saying it would be akin to selling your children. Costs, including insurance, stud fees and vet bills are currently extortionate, especially with no winnings coming in. But when I offer a comment of sympathy to the owners that it must be all expenditure and no income, a friend with the group quips; Dont feel too sorry for them. They all laugh and agree graciously that they cant complain. voracious appetite. But lets give her some slack: who doesnt get stuck into some tucker when you are pregnant (shes in foal by champion stallion Snitzel) and there is a toddler to care for? Due to turn 10 in August, in fairness she should be getting her hoofs massaged while watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Shes due to give birth in September. Her owners and handlers are delighted with the way she has adapted to motherhood with ease. But they admit her initial first weeks on the stud when she arrived from Moodys farm in Melbourne did not run smoothly. She was very out of sorts, says the stud farm manager. She just seemed very lost for a long time and she didnt bond too well with the other horses. She would stand at the back of the paddock by herself until she found a friend after about two months, another mare called Rosa. AS for the breedingprocess, she is said tohave coped perfectlydespite a certain lack of privacy where her annual cover with thoroughbred stallions is concerned. After vets check she is about to ovulate she is led to a padded stall where a teaser stallion is initially brought in to check her mood. His job is to let us know she will be receptive to the stallion, says the breeder. Hes like your wingman in the nightclub. If mares kick in protest they are sometimes sedated, but Black Caviar has always responded calmly, according to the breeders. But a twitch device is always placed on her nose, which can be tightened if she gets violent towards the stallions, which are often worth up to $100 million. Each cover from a stallion can cost anything up to $200,000 a shot. We then walk in the stallion, you talk them up, bang them on the side and sometimes give them a clap, and they always respond to the mare even if it takes time, the breeder explains. The interaction is then brief and to the point. Romantic it aint. But when each of Black Caviars two foals was born she delighted in her new role. She licks the foals straight away and is very protective of them without being overbearing, the breeder says. Just like everything shes ever done shes just perfect. Oh my, if only this beautiful mare could speak. What was it like to hear the roar of the crowd as you led by six lengths? What was it like travelling to London in that body suit? Do you think your foals will be as fast as you? As I drive away, I can hardly bear it. Black Caviar. The highestrated and best-loved horse in Australian history turned exemplary mum. The best interview I never had. lucie.morrismarr@news.com.au @luciemorrismarr After all, Black Caviar won the syndicate a total of almost $8 million during her glittering career. And all the owners are successful in their own right. But, while some critics have accused them of being greedy for putting Black Caviar in foal every year, the group insists it has never been about the money. Our main interest has always been her wellbeing, Jill says. If it was good for her, then we went with it; if it wasnt, we wouldnt go for it. We were only ever in it to have a bit of fun, to enjoy meeting up together as friends, go to the races and have a bit of lunch. Its clear they miss the thrill of watching the races and the lavish afterparties where they would be greeted by heaving platters of black caviar and French Champagne on tap. It changed our lives, it was an absolutely thrilling time, Jill says. I really miss it, especially the social side. Next Saturday, the friends are looking forward to a reunion at Black Caviar Lightning Day, the first race day of the Flemington Festival of Racing. The day is named after the undefeated sprinter, who won the feature Lightning race three times and in record time. The champion herself is still an exquisite equine specimen, despite gaining a little weight during her new life as a mum. Shes now over 700kg thanks to her famously STARTS WINS 25 RACE RECORD 25 Black Caviar and her new foal enjoy a munch on some grass at their secret hideaway; Jill and David Taylor and Kerrin and Gary Wilkie with Black Caviar and her newborn colt (below); the champ in a playful mood with a broom at the stable (inset); Black Caviar, with Luke Nolen aboard, wins 10 straight by blitzing the 2011 Newmarket at Flemington.

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