Stakes Day takes us from Black Caviar to Bauer

Peter Donegan November 4, 2011, 3:14 am


Black Caviar - the undisputed queen of Australian racing - is searching for 16 wins in a row; something that is unlikely to be seen in our lifetime again.

She's unbackable - but people will flock through the gates just to say they've seen one of the greatest race horses Australia has produced.

Trainer Peter Moody has three other runners alongside her in the Patinack Classic but they are going to need a pair of binoculars to get sight of her - she is something extraordinary.

I'm looking forward to that moment when the crowd breaks out into applause just inside the 400m mark when Luke Nolan gives her an inch more rein and she bounds away to a convincing win.

The great horse will show the rest of the world what she can do when she heads overseas - look for a likely appearance at Ascot in June next year. If she re-produces anything like the form she has at home the world will know her class.

Let's also not forget the headline act for tomorrow - the Emirates Stakes, which as always is a very tough race.

Jimmy Choux, second in the Cox Plate is probably the horse to beat. Wall Street - won last year, hasn't won a race since - is also a good chance after being scratched from the Mackinnon on Saturday. Dao Dao and Secret Admirer also add to a strong field.

I will also be looking forward to seeing nine-year-old Bauer. He will probably go on to life as a clerk of the course - primarily ridden to help other horses into their gates. He was very unlucky to miss out on a Melbourne Cup run especially after Mourayan was scratched - but we'll see him run later on in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and hopefully he can bow out on a winning note.

The influx of high profile visitors has just confirmed the fact that the racing carnival has become a worldwide event.

We now see names like Sarah-Jessica Parker - by all reports an absolute delight - able to watch thrilling racing and also grab the attention of the once-a-year racing enthusiasts.

I'm there for the racing but personalities like hers add to the mix of the finest week of racing in Australia... and probably the world.