Weight gain hurts Black Caviar's comeback

Yahoo!7 January 10, 2013, 9:58 am

Post-Christmas weight gain is nothing new, but for champion mare Black Caviar it is proving a major setback to her much-anticipated return to the track in 37 days, reports the Herald Sun.

After a six-month sabbatical, at Peter Moody's Caulfield stables last week trainers were unable to fit the stunning horse into her compression suit.

Tipping the scales at 610kg, it's little wonder why.

At the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in mid 2012 her race weight was a massive 70kg lighter (540kg) as she strode ahead of racing's best sprinters and claimed an infamous victory at Royal Ascot.

In racing terms, even her 540kg race weight is heavier than most horses she lines up against, which are normally another 70kg lighter.

Moody is preparing the mare for a race just one month away on February 16. Named in her honour, the 1000m Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington could be the race to end her 22-race undefeated streak.

However if she does not get race-fit in time, it is likely Moody will push back her return an extra five weeks.

"She's a big, strong girl now, probably bigger and stronger than she's ever been," said trainer Peter Clarke.

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  1. Carol Dimech05:14am Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    so she carried a bit more weight. Now when she starts her training and racing it will all come off. Such a big deal about nothing... She is still the best and the rest are just jealous

  2. Alcatraz12:11am Sunday 17th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How stupid does this erroneous article look now? It was dumb when first published - it is natural for a horse to gain weight during a break and then work it off in the lead up to the race resumption. But this one got the facts wrong as well - she was never 70 kg over. And in any case, it wasn't a set back, judging by how impressive her comeback race was.

  3. I.m. Campbell08:48pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    is that a sweat suit? try a sauna...more exercise less feed people

  4. norman b08:09am Sunday 13th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    would have love to have Nelly in my back yard

  5. Grant10:14pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sounds like the misses , she put on a few pounds but she still a winner in my eyes..

  6. Ian H01:52pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How long has Peter CLARKE been the trainer ?

  7. Robert01:41pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Even being overweight shouldn't stop this great mare from continuing her amazing unbeaten run. All of the challengers to her are great horses, but she makes them look third-rate, not just second-rate.

  8. Glib01:28pm Thursday 10th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This isn't sport. It's just gambling & corruption.