Did you ever want to know how it would feel to ride Black Caviar?
The feeling may be more common than you think.
Only three jockeys have ridden the champion mare at her 15 starts undefeated romp- Luke Nolen, Ben Melham and Jarrod Noske.
Tomorrow the Peter Moody trained brown mare aims to make it 16 in the $1m Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington (2.15pm EST) against just six opponents, three from Moody’s yard.
Melham had ridden Black Caviar in last year’s Patinack when Nolen was suspended.
At the time Black Caviar was going for nine in a row.
After another demolition of her opponents Melham described it as a “relief.”
“I never got to the bottom of her, I didn’t get anywhere near the bottom,” Melham said
“She is incredible. ‘Everyone asks, does it feel like you’re flying along on her.?
“But it doesn’t actually, she does it without effort.
“You look at horses trying their hardest, their heads are going up and down at a million miles an hour, and she is just like a big rocking horse.”
Nolen with 12 wins aboard Black Caviar wants more of the good thing after her two starts this season in the Schillaci Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and the Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last start.
“The ride doesn’t last long enough,” Nolen said
“She is amazing, she has come on in condition since Moonee Valley, it has just tightened her up a bit.
“Peter doesn’t bust her at home on the track and those two runs were pipe openers.
“What ever we’ve seen this spring, she’ll be at her best on Saturday.”
Moody has indicated the $1.05 odds bookies are offering may in fact be value.
“I’m very happy where she’s at,” Moody said.
“She’s in very good order, we gave her a good gallop on Tuesday and she did everything very nicely.
“That will bring her right on.
“I think the feature of her improvement will not so much be in her fitness or condition, but the fact that she’s going back up the straight.
“She’s a big-striding filly, and she just loves the straight course.
“It allows her to really stride and let go.”
This rocking horse has everyone running.
Her opponents and bookies for cover, the public to the turnstiles and experts for the record books.
Her greatness grows.
“We took her on once with a filly called Miraculous Miss, ran second to her at Moonee Valley,” said Merv Harvey, foreman for Melbourne Cup- and Cox Plate-winning trainer Mark Kavanagh.
“She destroys horses that take her on, she is a freak.
“The older horses would (usually) take her on at this time of the year but where are they going – the paddock.”
Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller is avoiding Black Caviar.
He thought about running Albert The Fat and Red Tracer against Black Caviar but both will line-up in the $1m Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).
“You don’t want to jeopardise a run,” Waller said.
“I don’t want to have a horse without a chance getting in the way of Black Caviar.”
Glenn Munsie said TABsportsbet would be betting with and without Black Caviar.
“We will also be putting up a ‘favourite-out’ market on the race, but that’s commonplace with her in any race now,” he said.
The experts are watching this amazing unbeaten run and placing her in the order of greats.
If Black Caviar remains undefeated after 16 starts tomorrow she will join two of the all-time great gallopers on that mark Ribot (1950s) and Ormonde (1880s).
Ribot was trained by the horse breeding demigod Federico Tesio whose theories are still used and well respected today.
Ribot was not only a top class racehorse, he was 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.
Ormonde 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 and Ormonde 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 will be equal seventh 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 going well tomorrow Black Caviar will move onto the $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot, Perth on November 19 before being spelled.
A trip to England for a crack at Royal Ascot in England in June 2012 is a possibility but yet to be confirmed.
A clash with the UK champ Frankel is a dream of worldwide racing fans – it would be better than the Olympics.
Betting on the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington this Saturday
- $1.05 Black Caviar
- $26 Mid Summer Music
- $31 Buffering.
- $41 Response, Scenic Blast
- $51 Curtana
- $201 Panipique
All time thoroughbred racing undefeated record
- 54 Kincsem
- 19 Peppers Pride
- 18 Eclipse, Karayel
- 16 Ormonde, Prestige, Ribot
- 15 Black Caviar, Colin, Macon.
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 Gay James
- 15 Black Caviar, Carbine, Bernborough.