Black Caviar has been posted as a $1.25 favourite at Sportingbet Australia after ten horses accepted to take on the champion mare in the T.J Smith Stakes.
Sportingbet Australia CEO Michael Sullivan said he was pleasantly surprised by the depth and quality of the field to take on the undefeated star.
â€œI thought many of these horses may have dodged Black Caviar thinking she was unbeatable but it is undoubtedly a high quality field,â€ Sullivan said.
â€œLuke Nolen has been able to keep her out of trouble in her recent outings but with a field of eleven and plenty of speed in the race, he might not have that luxury here.
â€œThis certainly shapes as her biggest test so far this campaign with the likes of Shoot Out, Hay List, Crystal Lily, Response and Shellscrape set to really test her.
â€œPerhaps weâ€™re slow learners but weâ€™ll take her on again on Saturday despite the fact she has been an absolute nightmare for us and a dream for punters.â€
Sullivan said the good draw of barrier five for Black Caviar would help her but there were still challenges for her to overcome.
â€œThis is her first time going the Sydney way and in high pressure race that could certainly cause problems for her,â€ Sullivan said.
â€œThere also looks to be plenty of speed in the race with Crystal Lily and Hay List likely to go forward and ensure a good tempo.â€
TJ SMITH STAKES
Sportingbet Australia Market
Black Caviar 1.25
Hay List 15.00
Shoot Out 15.00
Crystal Lily 17.00
All Silent 67.00
Triple Honour 67.00