Peter Moody â€˜s brilliant mare Black Caviar gave racegoers at Caulfield exactly what they wanted to see when destroying a classy field on her first attempt at seven furlongs to win eased down by three-lengths in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes, taking her unbeaten streak to a remarkable 18 victories, writes Elliot Slater.
The presence of Black Caviar on what was the first day of the Flemington Festival, trebled the usual first-day crowd, the daughter of Bel Esprit being the object of hysterical fans who snapped up souvenirs at every juncture. Applauded down to the start the 1/20 shot, ridden as always by Luke Nolen, was going into unknown territory having been previously campaigned at five and six furlongs. The opposition were no pushovers with the 15/1 second-favourite in the horse racing betting being last seasonâ€™s Group1 Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed, who although admittedly better at middle distances has shown smart form at less than a mile in the past.
It might have been a different trip for the six-year-old Black Caviar but the race proved to be a carbon copy of her previous 17 wins over sprint distances as the mare cruised up to join the leaders over a furlong from home before powering away from Southern Speed without Nolen having to ask her any sort of question. Any thoughts that British trainers might have had that they could expose stamina flaws in the mare when she likely takes her chance in the six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June will have quickly gone straight out the window.
Racing betting tips feel that the next stop could very well be the Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 31 as Moodyâ€™s global superstar makes her way in stages towards Britainwhere she will bid up for the major five and six furlongs prizes at Royal Ascot. After her latest win, those trainers with plans to run top class performers over seven furlongs and a mile at the showcase fixture will surely be hoping that Black Caviar doesnâ€™t switch to take them on instead!