Black Caviar puts on an Orr-some show to notch her 18th straight victory
Wonder mare Black Caviar handled her first start beyond 1,200 metres with ease, destroying her opposition in the Group One CF Orr Stakes (1,400m) yesterday at Caulfield.
The world champion sprinter notched successive win number 18, joining Hall of Fame member Ajax, whose 18 consecutive wins happened between 1937-39.
The Peter Moody-trained five-year-old jumped on terms with the rest of the field and settled beautifully before unleashing her powerful kick to beat Caulfield Cup-winner Southern Speed and Playing God and to take her prize money to more than A$4.74 million.
'It's unbelievable, it's mind-boggling. What she does to good horses is beyond belief,' Moody said.
'It's the public expectation that gets to me because you'd hate to disappoint the 30,000 people that have turned up.'
Her time was nearly four seconds outside the track record, but it mattered little to the crowd, estimated at more than 25,000.
As well as the massive crowd Black Caviar 'invited' to see her Caulfield, her performance stopped a cricket match on the Oval near the 1,200m mark, the players jumping the fence to watch her flash past.
'That might have been her best run yet,' said senior part-owner Neil Werrett. 'It was her easiest.'
Moody said no firm decision has been made on Black Caviar's next start, but she is likely to be nominated for the Group One Lightning Stakes (1,000m) at Flemington next Saturday. 'If she pulls up well, you might see her again in seven days,' he said. 'And if she comes through that great, there is a chance you will see her here [Caulfield for the Futurity Stakes] again seven days later.'
Black Caviar remains in contention to travel to Dubai in March for the Golden Shaheen (1,200m) on World Cup night, while the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot in June is also a distinct possibility.