Karuta Queen moves into Caviar world
Karuta Queen in work at Queanbeyan in 2011. Photo: Stuart Walmsley
Karuta Queen's former trainer Neville Layt is pleased the impressive filly has joined the stables of superstar Black Caviar.
Last year's Magic Millions winner is no longer under Layt's guidance in Queanbeyan after a change in ownership, instead joining the stables of the world's premier sprinter.
John Singleton bought Karuta Queen in June and has sent her to Melbourne trainer Peter Moody.
Moody is well aware of Karuta Queen's talent after she ran second to her new stablemate in the Schillaci Stakes (1000m) last year.
Karuta Queen has been out of action since March with a knee injury, but is set to return to the track next year.
Layt was confident she would be in great hands with Moody, who has guided Black Caviar to 22 unbeaten starts.
''He'll look after her,'' Layt said. ''He knows her, he's seen her when she raced Black Caviar and I'm sure Peter will do the right thing by the little filly.''
Karuta Queen hasn't raced since her ninth in the $100,000 McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on March 24.
She was diagnosed with arthritis in her left knee and underwent surgery in June - after she was passed in at the Magic Millions broodmare sales on the Gold Coast in May. The highest bid of $500,000 was $100,000 short of the reserve.
Karuta Queen cost her original owner Glenn Williams just $30,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions yearling sales.
It is unclear how much Singleton paid for her.
Layt's focus switches to Thoroughbred Park on Friday where he was several runners for the right-race card.
One More Grand will run in the Open Handicap (1300m) after thirds at its past two starts, and Sydney Melody tackles the Class 1 Handicap (1000m) looking to make amends for a seventh at Queanbeyan.
''He was right in the mix until the last 50m or so and couldn't pick up the leaders,'' Layt said of One More Grand.
''He hasn't got a real good barrier [drew barrier 10 of 10] and will have to make his own luck, but he's in with a nice chance on the minimum [54kg]. I think the 1300m will suit him down to the ground.
''I expect Sydney Melody to improve out of sight … the track at Queanbeyan was rock-hard that day.
Racing at Thoroughbred Park starts at 1.18pm, with the last at 5.40pm.