JOHN Sadler, the man who spent three years training racehorses in Dubai, yesterday said a proposed trip to the United Arab Emirates by the all-conquering Black Caviar would be a perfect spot for the mare to make her international debut.
After training successfully in Dubai, Sadler believes Australian horses have always performed to their best there and have never been disadvantaged by the long flight. On arrival they are treated to some of the world's finest training facilities.
''I saw a lot of Australian horses come over during my time and there were never any problems with the trip,'' he said.
''In fact, they arrived looking great. Sometimes you hear of horror stories of horses arriving in major international ports only to be left sitting on the tarmac for hours, but over there no such problems.
''An interesting aspect is that Australian horses have a decided advantage over the Europeans at this time of year, because they are flying into the start of the Dubai summer and have left almost the same conditions in the previous few months in Australia.
''In contrast, the European horses have always had a little bit of a battle, because they're coming out of a harsh winter into the summer, which can be unsettling.''
Sadler believes the $US2 million Golden Shaheen over 1200 metres on March 31 is a perfect race to show the world just how good Black Caviar is.
''The conditions when I was there were state-of-the-art, and they have only got better since I left,'' he said.
''For instance, I've never known the trainer of an Australian horse to ever have to bring water from home. It seems that any horse from any part of the world that comes to Dubai takes to the water straight away.
''And it's the same with the feeding. The club will get you whatever feed requirements you need. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to having horses settle in perfectly in the new environment, which directly translates to horses producing their best on the night.''
The Dubai Racing Club has its own feeding mill and as each horse arrives, a trainer's request for feed is immediately addressed. If, for any reason, a feed or feed supplement is not on hand, those in the feeding mill will produce a feed as close as possible, so no horse is disadvantaged.
Unlike Australia, the training track is a 25-minute walk from the stable to the course.
Australians find it different as all metropolitan training complexes are situated on course but the long distance to the track is a European concept.
Trainers relish the 25-minute walk, as they believe that by the time the horses arrive at the track, they are fully warmed up, and after the completion of their gallop the long walk back ensures they have cooled down before being placed in their box.
And for Black Caviar, the financial rewards of racing and winning in Dubai are also not to be downplayed. As per the conditions of the group 1 Patinack Classic, which the five-year-old won last spring, should she go on to win a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge outside Australia the following year, her connections will receive a $US600,000 bonus, paid by the Victoria Racing Club.
So, should Black Caviar win the Golden Shaheen, connections will pocket $US1.8 million in prizemoney and bonuses.
If she goes on to win either the Kings Stand, Diamond Jubilee or July Cup in England and returns to win the weight-for-age Patinack Classic in the spring, then she picks up another $US1 million in bonuses for winning three legs of the 2012 Global Sprint Challenge.
Sadler said the connections of Black Caviar should not be concerned by any aspect of the flight or the stay in Dubai, and it is a golden opportunity for the wonder mare to be shown to the racing world.
''Trust me, to have lived there, and I managed to have a runner in the [Dubai] World Cup in my three years, and I saw first hand that this country is the talking point of every racing person in the globe.
''I know the financial rewards for the owners and trainer are good, but she is racing for Australia, for Australia's world racing profile. It's no different than the Olympic Games and an Australian coming home with a gold medal for the 100 metres, this is even bigger.
''The world are transfixed on this night of racing, and to have a mare with such an imposing record will just make everyone sit up and watch a champion mare.
''I suppose I put myself in the category of being a racing purist. A purist in the sense that I loved what Vain did all of those years ago, and I get terribly nervous before she even runs.
''I don't hide from the fact that I get nervous because it's fabulous this winning run and we all want it to continue. It's the Australian flagship and it opens our industry up and shows them what we can produce and will continue to produce in the years to come.''
Sadler said he too could be in Dubai next month if his sprinting mare Sister Madly can win next Saturday's Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
''I'll be there if she wins, but if I'm not I know exactly how much goodwill and national profile Australia will gain with Black Caviar flying the flag,'' he said.
''I don't know how many Australians are going, but gee, I hope there's plenty, because we're seeing a unique mare doing something that we may never see again, and the winner will be Australian racing, trust me.''