Black Caviar appears on track to run in the Winterbottom Stakes 2011 at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday November 19, 2011.
The Winterbottom Stakes was just given Group 1 status by the Australian Pattern Committee after spending many years as a Group 2 race.
The prize money for the 2011 Winterbottom Stakes is currently $500,000; however, there is word that this could be increased to up to $750,000 in the coming weeks as Perth Racing works to ensure Black Caviar makes her first appearance in the state.
Perth Racing media manager Marty Young is adamant that the superstar mare will feature in the Festival of Perth.
“Black Caviar would most likely have been here for last year’s Winterbottom if the race had been a Group 1,” Mr Young said.
“The fact that it’s now a Group 1 is pretty much the last hurdle out of the way.
“She’s just got to get through a couple of starts in Melbourne first and then, all things being well, she’ll be on the plane over here.”
In more horse racing news, trainer Peter Moody has revealed that those Melbourne starts are not far off, with Black Caviar returning to her Caulfield stables in perfect condition after a winter spell.
“It has been great anticipation the last nine or 10 weeks since she has been away . . . and we are looking forward to having her back,” Moody said.
“She has put on a good deal of weight, not too much, but she is a quite big girl.
“She is a bit bigger at the moment but that’s where you want her at this stage of a prep.”
Black Caviar’s first-up performance will be in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes on October 8, 2011 before heading to the 1,200 metre Schweppes Stakes and $1 million Patinack Farm Classic.
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