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Black Caviar - Ascot 23/06/2012

Black Caviar: produced a scintillating final piece of work this week

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Draw and track for Black to overcome in TJ Smith

Preview: Australia, Saturday 8.10am BST, live on ATR

Randwick: Darley TJ Smith Stakes (Group 1) 6f, 2yo+, turf

CONDITIONS are unlikely to be in Black Caviar's (Luke Nolen) favour as she attempts to claim a 25th victory of her unbeaten career in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick racecourse in Sydney.

Trainer Peter Moody, accustomed to seeing Black Caviar cruise to success, stated "there's no other horse on the planet that can beat her" after she produced a scintillating final piece of work before the 6f Group 1.

However, Black Caviar will have to overcome the dual concerns of an inside draw in stall one and a track riding on the slow side of good, verging on good to soft- or a dead five in local parlance.

Randwick has been covered with heavy dews for much of the week and track manager Nevesh Ramdhani told Sky Racing Radio on Friday: "It's been warm and there is a bit of cloud about and it should be the same tomorrow. We've been getting pretty heavy dews and it was the same out there this morning."

Black Caviar faces ten rivals in the TJ Smith Stakes, a race she won in 2011, including old foe Hay List, who will be inspected by vets at the course having hung violently when working last weekend.

Although Black Caviar will demand a lion's share of the attention, she is not the only star on the Randwick card with the ATC Australian Derby also taking place.

It's A Dundeel is likely to be sent of the shortest favourite for the race for 25 years although having been beaten as favourite for the Victoria Derby in November his stamina has been queried.

Trainer Murray Baker said: "He ran on very well in the Derby in Melbourne, one of the best in the race. He's stronger, bigger and better now. There's really no reason to think he won't run it out."

 
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