Black Caviar: bids for win number 23 in Saturday's Lightning StakesPICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caviar to tackle seven on return to action
Australia: Black Caviar, the world's best sprinter, will face seven rivals when she returns to action after nearly eight months off in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
The Peter Moody-trained star, who will be bidding to extend her unbeaten record to 23, has not raced since landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
She is aiming for her third win in the Group 1 Lightning, which will carry her name in its title.
Moody said: "She's in the best physical state injury-wise. She's started her last three or four preparations with little niggling injuries, but this time we've had nil. You saw at Caulfield how well she is, I don't think she's presented any better in a long time and it was just what I wanted to see.
"She had a spin on Saturday and did a more serious piece of work this morning, I'm very pleased with where she is. She's a big mare so racing will improve her and she's six now, so I think she'll be fitter with a race under her belt, but she's fit enough to win a 5f race."
Stablemate Moment Of Change is the highest rated of her rivals at 106, 24lb short of Black Caviar's official figure.
Luke Nolen, who blamed himself for nearly getting the queen of Australian racing beaten at Royal Ascot, is again in the saddle.