Jockey Luke Nolan is confident that Black Caviar’s ability to relax in her races is a luxury he can take into Saturday’s C F Orr Stakes as she steps up to 1400m for the first time.
The premiership winning jockey said that apart from Black Caviar’s super ability, she was able to relax in her races and he was able to rate her where ever he felt she was comfortable in the field.
Nolen said he had no qualms about riding the champion mare in front, on the tempo or back in the field in her bid to take her winning sequence to 18.
“I reckon she could be last and she would still possess that turn of foot or if I desired let her roll to the front and crank out those sectionals she can run from the 600m,” he said.
Stepping up to the 1400m of the Group 1 $400,000 C.F. Orr Stakes on her home track at Caulfield will be going into uncharted territory, but Nolen is super confident that Black Caviar will have no trouble handling the extra distance.
“I know she can do it. She can break them up in the middle stages over 1200 (metres), I can’t see her not being able to do it over (1400m), especially at home (Caulfield) and around a corner,” Nolen said.
Black Caviar is a winner thirteen times over 1200m including her last start win in the Group 2 $200,000 Essendon Mazda Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on January 27 .
Nolen barely released the brakes at Moonee Valley but the mighty mare ran just a smidge outside Miss Andretti’s track record indicating that she is right on track for a tilt at the Group Ones on offer in Australia and overseas.
Saturday’s Orr Stakes has attracted thirteen nominations including stablemate Doubtful Jack, the Bart Cummings pair of Illo and Precedence, Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed and 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.
Trainer Peter Moody will she how his champion mare performs on Saturday before making any concrete plans in her lead up to Royal Ascot in June.