If you have ever watched Black Caviar win a race but missed the running of today’s 2011 Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington, don’t worry, it was a repeat performance of total domination.
The great mare marched on to 16 undefeated races with just a few flicks of the rein by Luke Nolen and joined some of the world turf greats Ribot and Ormonde on that mark.
For trainer Peter Moody, the wonderful ride continues with his mare at the top of her game.
“It is relief for me, I am just a little part of it and it’s great she is able to put on a show for the big crowd that has come out,” Moody said.
That crowd in vantage points for a live view, dressed in the salmon and black and armed with banners got what they wanted – the champ winning again.
The Flemington Spring Carnival had been a quiet time for the Moody yard but Black Caviar added the Group 1 and $600,000 to her purse without raising a sweat.
Queensland galloper Buffering led and Black Caviar settled within two lengths before she cruised up at the 400m mark.
The other six runners were immediately beaten as Nolen, without using the whip, momentarily urged Black Caviar.
She immediately opened a winning break and Nolen took hold again well before the line.
Black Caviar ($1.05 fav) defeated Buffering ($41) by two and three quarter lengths with Mid Summer Music ($31) a further length away third.
Outside the winner, Mid Summer Music ran on well after Ben Melham settled her at the tail of the field.
But all honours went to the winner.
“She has done a fantastic job, she is a great ambassador for Australian racing and I am just glad a lot of people are here and support her,” Nolen said.
Moody said a decision whether to start Black Caviar in the $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 19 will be made on Monday.
“The plane leaves (for Perth) on Tuesday night, I will have a chat to the owners but we probably will decide on Monday,” he said.
Black Caviar is within reach of being the second highest undefeated winner in racing history.
At 16 wins she joins Ribot, a great racehorse and one of the great stallions of the last century.
He won from 1000m to 3000m and won two Prix de l’arc de Triomphe, Europe’s greatest race.
Black Caviar also levels up with Ormonde who won the English triple crown, the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and English St Leger.
He went to stud and became ill before being shipped off to Argentina – but at stud he left his mark.
Both Ribot (1950s) and Ormonde (1880s) can be seen in pedigrees in many of the great horses today.
While there is no Ribot in the Black Caviar pedigree, go back far enough and Ormonde is in there, He is there in anything with the great Northern Dancer line.
By joining Ribot, Ormonde and the talented Prestige – Black Caviar is equal fourth in the all-time list of undefeated horses.
Kincsem was undefeated in 54 races in Hungary in the 1880′s – one may question its opposition but the record is enormous all the same.
Black Caviar already holds the undefeated title for Australian and New Zealand horses.
While some Australasian horses are ahead of Black Caviar for consecutive wins, they were defeated during their careers.
The ones of class and true significance are at 19 Gloaming and Desert Gold.
Sava Jet, Miss Petty 22 wins, Picnic In The Park 21 wins and Shackle Bar 20 wins, achieved their feats in lower company and their records are put down to great placement rather than great ability.
Of all the horses both undefeated or with consecutive wins, only Black Caviar is still racing.
All time thoroughbred racing undefeated record
- 54 Kincsem
- 19 Peppers Pride
- 18 Eclipse, Karayel
- 16 Black Caviar, Ormonde, Prestige, Ribot
Consecutive wins by Australasian horses
- 22 Sava Jet, Miss Petty
- 21 Picnic In The Park
- 20 Shackle Bar
- 19 Gloaming, Desert Gold
- 18 Ajax
- 17 Mainbrace.
- 16 Black Caviar, Gay James