Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Black Caviar attempts to equal Nijinsky

Australian sprinter, Black Caviar, seeks to make it eleven from eleven in the $500,000 William Reid Stakes this Friday at Moonee Valley and in doing so she would break a very old record held by Nijinsky by winning all eleven of her career starts to date in listed races.
Black Caviar is truly an exceptional horse and so far she has established a weight carrying win record for a mare at 58kg, surpassing the 56.5kg carried to victory by Maybe Mahal back in 1978, she also tied a modern weight carrying record (58kg) with her 10th victory in the Newmarket Handicap and matched Shaftesbury Avenue's 58kg in 1991. She also gained the fastest Newmarket race finish in its 137 year history with a record time of 1:07.36 in what seemed like a virtual canter and she would equal Phar Lap's 1930's 14 race win record if she where to win the William Reid this friday, the TJ Smith Stakes(9th April), the BTC Cup(14th May) and the Doomben 10,000 on the 28th May. A tall order but who knows what this horse really is capable of ?

Royal Ascot officials have been courting connections in order to bring her over to the uk, however her trainer has said "I know the people from Royal Ascot are interested in Black Caviar but I don't think anything is going to change in regards to her campaign,".
Her ninth win in the Lightning Stakes has been the springboard to many a Royal Ascot in the past with the likes of Choisir (2003), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007) and Scenic Blast (2009) all winning at Flemington before heading for dear old blighty, but it now looks like it will be next year before she conquers the Northern hemisphere.

She could have a challenger by then in the shape of MOSHE her year younger full brother.  Moshe had his first start in late November last year, winning easily at Bendigo. He then won well at the Valley before resuming with an odds-on defeat behind top-class Decision Time in the Fireball Stakes at Rosehill. He then ran in the Moreton Hire Handicap were he stormed past the leaders in the straight to win by more than a length. Asked about "family expectations" his trainer said: "I was probably glad he didn't come out and win by five or six lengths. He can't help that he's a brother to Black Caviar, He's been an immature horse. That's why he didn't race till three. Black Caviar was the same; maybe it's in the genes," .

If you do get a chance to watch Black Caviar's race this friday then make sure you do so as it could be another step in racing history.

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  1. The following is taken from THE RACING POST - The remarkable Black Caviar (Peter Moody/Luke Nolen) took her unbeaten record to 11 with the minimum of fuss under the floodlights at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night.

    The four-year-old darling of Australian racing recorded her latest Group 1 success with her usual panache in the William Reid Stakes, scoring eased down by almost two lengths over last year's Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily. Hinchinbrook took third in the Aus$500,000 (about £317,000) event.

    After slightly missing the break on the 1-11 favourite, Luke Nolen settled Black Caviar three wide in mid-division until halfway on the tight track at Moonee Valley, home of the Cox Plate, Australasia's most prestigious weight-for-age contest.

    Shaken up to challenge before turning into the straight, the reigning world champion sprinter moved upsides front-running Crystal Lily, who had been handed the softest of leads.

    Employing her trademark acceleration two furlongs out, Black Caviar surged away from her rivals to such an extent that Nolen was able to ease her down so that she could win as she liked.

    Trainer Peter Moody was quick to ensure all the accolades went to his superfilly rather than himself.

    "What do you say? She's just gone and done the job again - fullcredit to her, it's hard to take credit for any part of it," he said.

    "She's just a machine," Moody added. "I had no concerns - he probably had to wake her up as it's a bit late - she should be at home having a camp!

    "She's very laid back and got the job done nicely, I thought - it's great to be a part of something that's so great for racing."

    Nolen reported that he had had to shake her up a bit. "When I did,away she went," he said.

    "That's where she wins her races - in the middle stages of a race - you ride to your strengths and there aren't many horses that can live with her at this distance at weight-for-age.

    "The only instruction I got was not to hit her," added Nolen, who said public interest in Black Caviar's latest assignment had been "surreal".

    Nolen said: "I suppose Glen Bossknows what it's like with Makybe Diva. I don't know how many people are here but they are here only for one horse and we didn't want to let them down. Just to be part of it, I feel very, very privileged."

    While Royal Ascot officals would doubtless love to attract her to this summer's meeting, Black Caviar's connections have repeatedly dismissed the idea of her running abroad this year.

    She is likely to run next in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick in Sydney on April 9.