Black Caviar makes 21
Australian phenom Black Caviar extended her unbeaten sequence to 21 with another risibly easy victory Saturday, cantering home by a measured 1 1/4 lengths in the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville. Now the planet's top-ranked sprinter will indeed take on the world in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot June 23.
"You've got an excitement machine coming your way," trainer Peter Moody told British racing fans, according to racingandsports.com.au.
Black Caviar was returning to the South Australian venue two weeks after taking the Group 1 Robert Sangster over fellow distaffers. Back over the same about six-furlong trip, but this time against males, the 1-20 favorite once again pleased a sell-out crowd of 30,000, many brandishing her famous salmon pink colors.
Lobbing along to the lead beneath regular rider Luke Nolen, Black Caviar looked as if she were merely out for a stretch of the legs, a routine gallop, as she made sport of her rivals. Indeed, it wasn't the deepest Group 1. A few more accomplished types had wisely avoided the supermare and headed in the opposite direction to Saturday's Group 1 B.T.C. Cup at Doomben, weakening the level of the opposition in the Goodwood.
Black Caviar didn't appear to take a deep breath under her top weight of 126 pounds, and drew off in midstretch. As her pursuers were flailing under pressure, the undefeated mare strolled her last three-eighths in :34 en route to a final time of 1:10 1/5 on the good turf.
We're Gonna Rock, who had displayed Group 1 form back in 2010 before a lengthy spell on the sidelines, flashed home late. He reduced the winner's margin without threatening her supremacy.
Nolen remarked how much Black Caviar had improved off the Robert Sangster, which had been her first outing in more than two months.
"The other day she wasn't the same horse, but today she was back to the machine she is," he said.
"She never got out of second gear."
The Black Caviar team was unfazed by the diminishing margin of victory.
"No one's ever given us any more for winning by big spaces," Moody said. "Luke looked after her. He was kind and we're happy where we're at."
"I'm not a punter," Nolen said. "I don't worry about margins."
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