It is rare that Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield
can upstage the Group 1s but when Black Caviar is winning the rest is merely a
The glorious mare may occasionally get cranky but when it’s
time to fly no horse in the world does it better.
The Schillaci Stakes (1000m) name after the great Lee Freedman
trained sprinter of the 1990’s did the old grey justice.
Jockey Luke Nolen predicting speedster Karuta Queen would
set a merry dance in front, bided his time with the daughter of Bel Esprit edging
her closer as the field approached the home turn in the straight.
Without even a flick of the reins Black Caviar strolled past
her rivals to extend her unbeaten record to 14 wins.
The margin 4-1/4 length margin to Karuta Queen was flattering
to the second horse who was good enough earlier in the year to win the rich
2011 Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January.
Karuta Queen is no slouch evident by the 4-3/4 lengths she
held over the third horse Stirling Grove.
With the on-course crowd in raptures, Black Caviar equaled the
winning streak of Australia’s turf legend Phar Lap.
Racing Hall of Fame former
chairman and former race caller Bryan Martin said Black Caviar already had
earned her place among the elite.
“She could well be the
greatest horse this country has ever seen,” he said.
“She is flawless. She
will be the benchmark for a long time to come. Black Caviar is something
special. She’s really become the people’s horse.”
Trainer Peter Moody
was overcome with relief after Black Caviar’s win.
“It’s just relief,”
“It’s been a build up
like no other.
“You just always fear
that something will go wrong that’s really the only way they’ll beat her.
“(It’s) just pure relief
to have her back in great shape.
“She’s developed into a
very imposing horse.
“I think the world may
be her oyster.”
The trainer admits to
keeping a lucky $1 coin in his pocket each time Black Caviar had a race start.
“I have a dollar coin in
my pocket,” he said.
“I carry that in my
pocket every time.”
next race will be the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 22.
Caviar wins the Schweppes Stakes, she will set out after the 18 consecutive
wins by Ajax – but she would have to wait until next autumn.
On top of
the Australian tree are Desert Gold and Gloaming, both with 19 wins in a row.
The world record rests
horse who was undefeated in 54 starts during the 1870s.
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