Champion mare Black Caviar will leave for Melbourne for Sydney with her unbeaten record intact after yet another contemptuous win in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Black Caviar and Luke Nolan leave the field behind, picture Sportpix.com.au
Black Caviar started her campaign with win in track record time in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington but the Moonee Valley course record was never under threat.
Karuta Queen’s rider Tommy Berry set a slow tempo while Black Caviar had a cosy trip on her outside before the champion’s jockey Luke Nolen increased the pressure from the 450 metres.
Black Caviar ambled to the front rounding the home turn before strolling down the Moonee Valley straight to the roar of the sell-out crowd on hand at the track.
The return to the winners circle past the packed crowd, picture Sportpix.com.au
Black Caviar joined Kingston Town on an Australian record 14 Group 1 victories. Her trainer Peter Moody said the great mare’s latest success showed she has returned in terrific shape for her autumn campaign.
“She’s going super, it’s scary how well she is going,” Moody said.
“They didn’t run a tremendous bat there but just the way she let down and she’s never really handled the Valley that well. What do you say? We’re lost for words.
“There’s not many that can sit down and sprint when she says go. It’s just super to see her in that form. To see the people out here and to see her put on a wonderful show, that’s what it’s all about now.
“It’s not about the wins, it’s about the great publicity she gives sport in general but for our industry, racing, she’s second to none.”
Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) defeated Karuta Queen (Not A Single Doubt) by four lengths while Fawkner (Reset) was another half-length away in third. Black Caviar started at $1.03 on track but paid $1.04 on the Victorian TAB.
The mare ran the 1200 metres in 1:11.08, which was 1.79 seconds outside the track record on a good (3) surface. The time included a last 600-metre sectional of 33.66 seconds.
Black Caviar will now travel to Sydney to take on the locals in the Group I TJ Smith Stakes on April 13.
The winners circle as Luke Nolan returns with Black Caviar, picture Sportpix.com.au