Caviar and Rocket set for autumn clash

Australian superstar Black Caviar could be tested by the outstanding Singapore sprinter Rocket Man in November’s Patinack Farm Classic.

Australian superstar Black Caviar could be tested by the outstanding Singapore sprinter Rocket Man in November’s Patinack Farm Classic.

Unbeaten in 13, Black Caviar ran away with last year’s renewal of the Flemington Grade One, which has been given a prize-money boost.

And this could be enough to lure Rocket Man, winner of March’s Dubai Golden Shaheen and more recently the KrisFlyer International Sprint on his own territory.

While Black Caviar is currently having a break, Rocket Man was recently ruled out of a trip to Royal Ascot for the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Victoria Racing Club chief executive Dale Monteith reported: “Over the weekend Fred Grabbia, owner of Rocket Man, informed the Club that, subject to suitable quarantine arrangements, Rocket Man would be targeting the 2011 Patinack Farm Classic.

“In addition, the VRC and Racing Victoria have issued an invitation to the connections of the Hong Kong-trained Ultra Fantasy, winner of the 2010 Japan Sprinters Stakes.

“Formal invitations will also be issued to the winners of each of the upcoming UK legs of the Global Sprint Challenge, the King’s Stand Stakes, Golden Jubilee Stakes, both at Royal Ascot, and the July Cup at Newmarket.

“Danny O’Brien’s Star Witness and Peter Moody’s Hinchinbrook would both become eligible to compete for the Aus 600,000 bonus in the 2011 Patinack Farm Classic should they win one of the Global Sprint Challenge races in the UK.”

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