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Saturday 4 February 2012
All Weather Scoop 6 today
A great day ahead for All Weather fans, several races on terrestial tv and all 6 races of the Scoop 6 to get your teeth into and with two 6f races to get you started.
Yesterday was a dissapointing effort by the selection Nocturnal Affair in finishing 5th and it maybe that he will be returning home now that he has had two races out in Dubai. Ironically the 8/1 winner Monsieur Joe featured in last season's Master List, so it's a reminder to keep all these horses under observation.
Hitchens won the Group 3 sprint on yesterdays card and his trainer said aftrewards "This horse has been brilliant for us and it is great to see him win on the international stage at this level. There is a similar race on Super Saturday which is probably where we will go next before, hopefully, Dubai World Cup night."
With only just under 8 weeks to the start of the flat season we need to start making preparations for that, if anyone has any horses which they think are potential improvers in the sprint division then please let me know and I will review their propects for the blog.
There is still plenty of speculation about whether Black Caviar will go to Dubai or not and and at this stage Peter Moody her trainer would appear to be playing it down, commenting today"The big negative against Dubai is she's going to be away from home for three or four months. She's going to be away from me, the jockeys, the staff, the vet, the farrier, the chiropractor. She's going to have access to those facilities over there but it's going to be a different scenario. She's a mare that takes a fair bit of maintenance so that's a big negative and there are a lot of great races here."
Royal Ascot looks more of a proposition with her stepping up to 7f for her naxt race in Australia with Moody thinking that she wil need to be able to win over that distance to be sure she will stay the 6f at Ascot.
If Black Caviar were to run in Dubai, it will be for a $1.2 million first prize, as well as a $600,000 bonus offered by the Victoria Racing Club for any horse that can win the Patinack Farm Stakes on the last day of the spring carnival and any other of the nine legs of the global sprint challenge. If she then ran in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot or the July Cup at Newmarket, she would be eligible for two more bonuses. A win over here would make Black Caviar eligible for a further $1 million bonus for winning three legs of the global sprint challenge in the same calendar year. All in all it could be a very lucrative year for the sprint super mare.
In the third leg of the Scoop 6 the 2.40 at Woverhampton Jamie Spencer is an interesting booking for Piscean who is now 6lb lower than his last win on the All Weather, which was also at Wolverhampton in November last winter when beating Sutton Veny by 1 1/2 lengths. He was running on well in his last race at Lingfield and Spencer is obviously seen as that extra bit of umph to get him home in front on this his second try at 7f which he always looks capable of getting.
Good luck to everyone today.
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