The sprinting queen Black Caviar (Bel Esprit x Helsinge, by Desert Sun) equalled Kingston Town’s long standing Australian record of 14 Group 1 victories when she dashed to an easy win in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday night.
“She’s going super. It’s scary how well she’s going,” said trainer Peter Moody, who also selected the mare as a yearling and paid $210,000 from the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Raced by G J & Mrs K J Wilkie, Werrett Bloodstock P/L Synd (Mgr: N Werrett), C & Mrs J Madden, P Hawkes & D M & Mrs J Taylor, the undefeated champion mare has won 24 races (14 Group 1s) and earned $$7,348,936 on the racetrack during her career.
The original plan was for Black Caviar to go to Sydney for the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m). And after that, many will be hoping Black Caviar might step up to the 1400m of the All Aged Stakes on April 27, where the world champion sprinter would clash with champion half-brother All Too Hard and Gai Waterhouse’s champion mare More Joyous.
However, Mr Werritt has indicated on Sunday that Black Caviar could miss a trip to Sydney and could instead be prepared for a trip to Royal Ascot.
Sydney racegoers would certainly hope that Mr Werritt and Peter Moody do stick with their original plan as this is almost certainly be Black Caviar last campaign in Sydney before her retirement.
But regardless of where Black Cavair does her racing during Easter, all eyes will be on her yearling half-brother when he steps into Inglis’ Newmarket sale ring as Lot 131 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on Tuesday April 9. The colt (Redoute’s Choice x Helsinge, by Desert Sun) will be offered from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds on behalf of Gilgai Farm, who will likely end up being the top lot for the Easter Sale.
By Owens Wong