Janiak swoons over Black Caviar
BLACK Caviar is the best racehorse Coffs Harbour racing identity Joe Janiak has ever seen.
The owner-trainer of Takeover Target wasn't asked to compare Australia's wonder mare to his great champion but expressed an opinion after watching her win the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington on Saturday.
It was the 16th victory for the horse known to her connections as "Nelly", in an unbeaten streak that looks like it might never end.
"She is such a good looker and runs up to those looks. It's no surprise the whole country has fallen in love with her," Janiak said.
"I'm a big fan as well and asked Peter Moody to sign a hat for some friends. But it's a pity she won't be going to Perth for the Winterbottom Stakes and will be spelled until the autumn. She probably jarred up on the track and while there's no damage, needs to have a rest before heading to England next year."
Black Caviar will attempt a similar campaign to that followed by Takeover Target in 2006, when he won the King's Stand Stakes and placed second in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, before finishing seventh in the July Cup at Newmarket.
Janiak is so confident the mare has the ability to win all those races that he intends to travel to Britain to watch her race.
"When travelling overseas the biggest challenge is getting there in one piece. If they can do that, the Pommy horses won't see which way she goes," he said.
"The horse has never been extended but her racing style suggests she can dominate up to 1400m, so the races over there, especially at Royal Ascot, will suit her perfectly.
"I think she will blitz them and that includes Frankel, the horse they're all talking about, as they probably won't meet unless he comes back in distance to a race she's contesting."
The straight Ascot track is similar to the "straight six" at Flemington but Newmarket proved bothersome for his horse and Janiak warns of the dangers lurking there.
"It goes up and down like a rollercoaster and in a seven-furlong (1400m) race you need to be able to run a strong mile," he said.
"The jockey has to ride them up a hill, then ease them down the dip, before revving them to go up again.
"It can catch you out. That's the only time she may find herself in a race."
Just the same, the trainer is prepared to back the black mare to get the job done.
"She's really exciting. I'm not surprised about the survey that said 6.5 million people watched her race on the weekend," Janiak said.
"She is the best horse I've ever seen and I don't know if there's anything racing right now that can beat her."