David Hayes with Black Caviar’s daughter Oscietra on Friday. Photo: Eddie JimDavid Hayes has stood before microphones at press conferences for decades but the trainer admits that Friday morning’s media conference to discuss the debut performance of champion race mare Black Caviar’s daughter, Oscietra, was different to any other he had been involved in.
Hayes said that he and his much decorated father, Colin, had prepared champions as well as brothers and sisters of champions, but since Oscietra had walked into his Euroa training operation the media momentum had gathered significantly.
Just 48 hours before Oscietra makes her racecourse debut at Flemington over 1000 metres on Sunday a final question-and-answer session was under way at Hayes’ Flemington stable.
“I must admit that I was a great fan of Black Caviar, I followed her everywhere and was always taken with her performances, but I must admit I didn’t expect the media rush that we’ve had in the last four weeks when it appeared this filly would be making her debut.
“We’ve had some beautifully bred horses come through our stables in the last half century but none have drawn this sort of media attention.
“I’ve got a beautiful filly at home that’s a daughter of one of the best mares I’ve ever trained, Miss Finland, and no one’s asked a question.”
However, the trainer explained to the group that Oscietra was just one of a 100-strong two-year-old intake that had come through his Euroa and Flemington stables this season.
“There is no favouritism, no matter what you’re by or out of, you are on equal terms to the next two-year-old. And when you show you can go faster and faster, that’s when I get more worried and more worried, but it’s a nice problem to have,” he said.
Black Caviar went through her remarkable career as an unbeaten sprinter who was successful in nearly every state of Australia and also in England.
Luke Nolen, who formed such a remarkable bond with Black Caviar, will be aboard Oscietra on Sunday, but according to Hayes, there will be no need for any instructions.
“He’ll know what to do, he’s trialled her twice, the form in those trials seems to be fairly strong so that’s very much a significant yardstick,” he said.
TAB fixed odds are not offering lavish odds with $1.50 on offer for Oscietra to remain unbeaten on Sunday night.
And, what is the public to expect when the barrier stalls open early on Sunday afternoon? Hayes said: “She will be a high-class stakes winner and, put it this way, everyone around the stable is very excited about what will happen on Sunday at Flemington.”
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