Jockey Luke Nolen and Black Caviar in action at Royal Ascot.
Jockey Luke Nolen and Black Caviar in action at Royal Ascot. Getty Images

Black Caviar trainer dismisses claims mare has 'had it easy'

TRAINER Peter Moody has laughed off suggestions wonder mare Black Caviar has been given a free ride in Melbourne in her two starts this campaign.

Warwick Farm trainer Joseph Pride, who is likely to start Rain Affair and Title against the unbeaten champ in Saturday's $1million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, said the race would not be "a trot and canter like some of the races Black Caviar has been in".

"If she wins she will certainly earn it. We don't race in lanes in Sydney, we will be going out there to beat her, try to take her out of her comfort zone," Pride said.

"Whether we can win is another story - it isn't going to be easy, but we will roll the dice."

Speaking after Black Caviar's final workout at Caulfield on Monday morning before her float trip to Sydney, Moody said he thought the mare was going "as well as she ever had".

Responding to the suggestion her rivals had been sub-standard and the Sydney sprinters would provide a stern challenge, Moody simply said, "They are all fast until she is around".

The biggest issue for Moody and the mare's owners will be the weather.

The trainer has openly stated Black Caviar would not run on a heavy track.

Randwick received almost 120mm of rain last week, and isolated showers have been forecast in Sydney for today, with clearing conditions expected on Thursday and Friday.

"She certainly won't be there on a heavy rated track," Moody said.

"If it's slow I'll have a discussion with the owners, but I have reservations."

The race has attracted a strong contingent of nominations, including last start Galaxy (1100m) winner Bel Sprinter, Golden Rose winner Epaulette and spring star Sea Siren.

Quality sprinters Hay List and Buffering have been nominated but are rated 50-50 chances of lining up.

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