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Fuss over Black Caviar distracts Moody from his day job

In the end, Black Caviar is just another horse. Peter Moody wisely made no song and dance about the mighty mare's first jumpout at Sandown last week.

She floated to Sandown, did her thing on the track in front of a group of regulars at the jumpouts, along with a couple of her owners.

It allowed Moody to get on with being a horse trainer and watching the others from his Caulfield stable being put through their paces at the low-key Tuesday morning.

Moody has become a manager as much as a trainer as the winning streak has grown and Black Caviar's fame has increased.

If he had made it public that the winner of all 22 of her starts was heading to Sandown, there would have been a media scrum, such is the attention for this sporting superstar.

There is not a bigger attraction in sport in Australia.


Her jumpout was the equivalent of pre-season training for the football codes but it made news around the country.

While cricket and other sports struggle to draw crowds, Black Caviar will prove her pulling power this weekend in a track gallop, which will be her first public appearance since her Royal Ascot success.

Saturday's Caulfield meeting will show her pulling power. The crowd will be three or four times greater than it normally would despite the fact she is having a gallop, not a race.

The attention is something Moody could do without as he measures her fitness heading to a racing comeback next month. However, he has learnt to live with it.

Racing Victoria has introduced the Black Caviar update each day on its website.

Nothing escapes scrutiny about her. Black Caviar entered Leisel Jones territory when she was reported to be well above her fighting weight on her return from a spell after the Royal Ascot triumph.

The report was inaccurate. It put her fighting weight at 540kg, making her more of a middleweight. She actually races at about the 585kg of a heavyweight champion.

It angered Moody because it was wrong and cost time from his day answering questions he shouldn't have needed to.

That is his role with the six-year-old mare as the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes approaches on February 16. He will be trainer and manager again.

The big Queenslander showed this week he is adept at both roles. He protected his star from needless attention but will become more intense in coming weeks.

Moody is aware of what she means to racing and the responsibility which comes with her unbeaten record and profile.

He believes the long break since Royal Ascot in June has Black Caviar the best she has been for a few years.

"I'm not saying that she's faster or better, but she looks physically in as good a shape as she ever has been at this stage of her preparation," he said on Melbourne radio on Sunday.

"Because she was given the time to recover and get over her last racing campaign it's probably also the soundest she's been at this stage of her preparation for two to three years."

However, he refuses to look beyond the Lightning Stakes at Flemington. There is a nomination for the Newmarket Handicap but it is unlikely she would be given a suitable weight for the March 9 sprint.

Her program will be made by Moody after talking with Black Caviar's owners. It seems a Sydney appearance is assured given it is home to managing owner Neil Werrett. A trip to Brisbane isn't out of the question

The end of Black Caviar's career will be stage managed by Moody to ensure his greatest horse can have a perfect finish.