Rocket Man To Launch Black Caviar Challenge

Black Caviar has proved herself against all comers in Australia and later in the year it seems more certain that an international campaign is on the cards.

After reaching the top of the international rankings though the question must be where will the challenge come from, what horse can beat Black Caviar?

Well if she goes to Singapore or Hong Kong as expected she’ll almost certainly run into Patrick Shaw’s Rocket Man.

It’s a contest that is already been talked about in South-East Asia and something Shaw has definitely had a think about.

“I think it would be a lovely match race or international  race or whatever they want to bring on,” he said.

“It would just be lovely to see.”

There’s no doubt Rocket Man has the pace to be a serious contender and his style of race would match up perfectly.

“She’s very similar to my horse,” Shaw said.

“She travels well and then quickens, she’s got that natural speed that he’s got during the race.”

Rocket Man knows how to win as well, his best record was nine in a row in Singapore but many would argue he was consistently battling better fields of horses.

In fact that streak was only broken when he travelled overseas as a three-year-old to contest an international event.

As a four-year-old he once again faced the world’s best in Dubai and he’s only recently returned home.

“He’s come back very well, he ran in the Lion City Cup which he’s now won three times,” Shaw said.

His next test will be the Kris Flyer Sprint, one of the world’s biggest sprint events and a race he finished second in last year.

“I gave him his last bit of speed work yesterday and he went through it very well,” he said.

“The older you get the more mature you get, he’s a stronger horse.”

Rocket Man will face some absolute champions in the run with only the top echelon of horses ever winning this event.

“I always respect Sacred Kingdom, before Black Caviar and Rocket Man he has always a champion sprinter so you always have to respect him,” Shaw said.

The versatility of his horse is another massive plus as he can sit just about anywhere and work forward on the turn.

“There’s not going to be much speed so if I have to go I’ll go (forward) and if not ill take a seat behind one or two,” he said.

The 2011 Kris Flyer Sprint will run on Sunday night Australian time.

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