The dream clash between Horse of the Year Black Caviar and star colt Sepoy edged a step closer to reality on Tuesday when the pair was both among the nominations for the $1 million Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington on November 5.
Peter Moody’s unbeaten mare and the champion Peter Snowden-trained three-year-old were included in the 44 sprinters among entries for the Global Sprint Challenge leg.
The 1200m Patinack Farm Classic has been slated as the third and final Spring Racing Carnival assignment for drawcard Black Caviar who kicked off her current sequence of six straight Group One wins in last year’s edition of the feature.
Those victories led to her being crowned Australia’s Champion Racehorse on Sunday night ahead of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think and Sepoy.
Sepoy last season became the first two-year-old in 22 years to win the Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper double and boasts seven wins and a close second from his eight starts.
Black Caviar also claimed the Champion Sprinter award while Sepoy was voted Champion Two-Year-Old.
Moody has more than 20 per cent of the Patinack Farm Classic entries with Beckon, Curtana, Doubtful Jack, Golden Archer, Huegill, Kulgrinda, Mid Summer Music and Panipique his other entries.
Snowden may also have multiple runners with Beaded, Parables, Pinwheel, Rarefied and Soul nominated alongside Sepoy.
Former Australian Racehorse of the Year Scenic Blast, Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, boom colt Smart Missile – the only horse to beat Sepoy to date – multiple Group One winners Danleigh and Response and ex-Hong Kong star Happy Zero are all nominated.
International entries were Godolphin’s Delegator, prepared by Saeed bin Suroor, who remains in contention for a trip to Melbourne and Society Rock who will not be coming.