Horsepower on tap as Black Caviar faces a mean machine
Champion racehorse Black Caviar checks out the horsepower of a different kind when the she was introduced to a Red Bull Formula One car and the Grand Prix ambassador Chelsea Scanlan. Picture: David Caird News Limited
CHAMPION racehorse Black Caviar has finally met her match something with a bit more horsepower.
In the ultimate show of horsepower, the fastest horse on four legs yesterday came face to face with the fastest Formula One car on earth.
Australian Grand Prix ambassador Chelsea Scanlan sat on Aussie driver Mark Webber's Red Bull racer and patted the nose of equine royalty in a special photo shoot outside Black Caviar's Caulfield stables.
Webber is expected to arrive in Melbourne today, determined to win his maiden Australian Grand Prix title on Sunday aboard a car capable of about 300km/h.
Black Caviar, who broke a 25-year-old Flemington record by travelling 1000m in 55.42 secs, is poised for what is likely to be her last race on Victorian soil in less than a fortnight.
Racing Victoria warned punters they must pre-purchase tickets if they want to attend the March 22 farewell party at Moonee Valley before it sells out.
The Moonee Valley schedule has even been changed for the evening so Black Caviar's race can be beamed into lounge rooms and pubs at half time of the opening round of the AFL season between Essendon and Adelaide that Friday night.
Ms Scanlan said she could see why Black Caviar had won over the nation after getting up close to Australia's two great speed machines.
"She's such a beautiful horse. And the car looks pretty good as well," she said.
"They look good together."
While the horse known as "Nelly" at her Caulfield home was posing for pictures, Australia's other Formula One hope Daniel Ricciardo had some smooth sailing surrounded by a bevy of grid girls across town.
Ricciardo took a boat trip up the Yarra to Southbank, joined by six grid girls in their new uniforms on board the "MV Melburnian" ahead of his second Melbourne Grand Prix on Sunday.
The West Australian, 23, said he wanted to improve on his ninth place finish last year.
"The perfect start would be on the podium," he said.
Source: Herald Sun