Black Caviar Claims Number 13

By: Sarah Fortnum
May 16th, 2011

In what was just another day in the office for Black Caviar the champion mare astounded Queensland by shooting away to her 13th unbeaten victory in the $400,000 BTC Cup at Doomben Racecourse last Saturday.

The talented four-year-old mare drew record crowds of 20,134 people to the track, all there to see the world’s best racehorse continue her unbelievable winning streak.

And they were not disappointed.

Black Caviar effortlessly won the race by two lengths ahead of Hay List, who was made to settle for second place once again, and Brisbane local Buffering, who finished almost seven lengths behind in third.

Trainer Peter Moody was thrilled that Black Caviar was able to continue her unbeaten run.

“Once she flattened out I knew she wouldn’t be beaten,” Moody said.

“It sends a tingle up your spine and she’s something to behold.”

Moody was fully aware that Hay List was at his best in Saturday’s BTC Cup, however, the speed mare made him look second-rate once again.

“She’s beaten probably the second best sprinter in the world,” Moody said.

While Hay List had been proclaimed to be at his best by trainer John McNair, Black Caviar was far from hers, with jockey Luke Nolen saying that the five weeks between runs meaning she was not performing to her peak ability.

“It was five weeks between runs for her and after I galloped her on Tuesday morning, I knew she would not be right at her best today,” Nolen said.

“Hay List had got away with a couple of cheap stages, so I just let the mare cruise up to be right with the first two on the turn.

“She needed that gallop and she’ll tighten up and improve again for the 10,000.”

Nolen did admit that Hay List’s top form was obvious during the race; however, it was not good enough to beat the superstar mare.

“It took me a bit longer to shake off Hay List than I thought but she was just far too strong,” Nolen said.

The jockey told of the pressure he felt being associated with Black Caviar and his relief at being able to help her produce another win.

“When she wins, I think Peter and myself just breathe a little bit easier,” Nolen said.

Black Caviar’s next assignment is due to be the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 28.

Moody is keen to run her in the race should she pull up well from Saturday’s run.

“I’d love to be back here in two weeks,” Moody said.

“It’s tremendous for an old Queensland boy to come back here in front of this crowd but if there’s an element of doubt with her she won’t run in the 10,000.”

Black Caviar has now won six straight Group 1 races and has accrued prize money of almost $3.4 million over her 13 race starts.

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