Black Caviar equals Kingston Town's feat of 14 Group 1 wins
World champion sprinter Black Caviar strolled to yet another easy victory in Friday's Group 1 William Reid at Moonee Valley. Aside from remaining perfect from 24 career starts, the brilliant mare matched the feat of another Australian legend, Kingston Town, with her 14th Group 1 tally.
"She is going super -- it is scary just how well she is going," trainer Peter Moody told TVN's Adrian Dunn after the effortless, four-length conquest.
Black Caviar was perched right off her front-running stablemate Karuta Queen in the early going, took over on the far turn, and opened up by daylight while still cornering for home. There was no suspense in the stretch as the superstar coasted the rest of the way. Although the final time for about six furlongs on the good turf was 1:11, she blazed her last three furlongs in :33 3/5.
"They didn't run a tremendous bat (pace) out there, but just the way she let down and quickened," Moody commented. "She has never really handled the Valley that well, but what do you say. We're lost for words, aren't we?"
Regular rider Luke Nolen noted that Black Caviar did it all on her own.
"I know I have blinkers on and I'm a little one-sided when it comes to Black Caviar, but she felt good and traveled well in the run," Nolen said, adding that she "flowed into the race of her own accord."
Karuta Queen held second by a half-length from Fawkner. Rounding out the short field were Luckygray, Linton, Spirit of Boom and Good Ba Ba, the 11-year-old who was once a star in Hong Kong but is now a shadow of his former self.
Black Caviar, on the other hand, is at the peak of her powers as a six-year-old (on Southern Hemisphere time). The daughter of Bel Esprit, and half-sister to multiple Group 1-winning sophomore All Too Hard, has now bankrolled more than A$7.3 million.
The winner of the William Reid back in 2011, Black Caviar was coming off an historic three-peat in the Group 1 Lightning at Flemington. The about five-furlong dash was renamed the Black Caviar Lightning in her honor for the February 16 renewal, and she celebrated the occasion by blasting in a course-record :55.42.
Her list of Group 1 titles also comprises the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Victoria Racing Club; the 2011 Newmarket Handicap, T.J. Smith and B.T.C. Cup; and the 2012 C.F. Orr, Robert Sangster and Goodwood Handicap at home and the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
Black Caviar sustained muscle tears in her game victory in the June 23 Diamond Jubilee, but returned to action better than ever off the nearly eight-month layoff in the Lightning.
Moody mentioned that Black Caviar will now bid to regain her title in the T.J. Smith at Randwick April 13.
Another tilt at Royal Ascot could be on the cards, if co-owners Neil Werrett and Gary Wilkie get their wish. Should they convince Moody to make another trip, her target could reportedly be the Group 1 King's Stand at five furlongs, instead of the Diamond Jubilee over a furlong farther.
But Moody made clear that Black Caviar wouldn't run on rain-softened ground again, and Royal Ascot was affected by persistent rain last summer.
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