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Friday, June 8, 2012

Black Caviar


Black Caviar, foaled 18 August 2006 is an undefeated Australian Thoroughbred racehorse (across 21 races), considered to be the best sprinter in the world, having been named WTRR World Champion Sprinter in 2010. On 31 March 2011 Black Caviar was rated one of the top Thoroughbred racehorses in the world (with a 136 rating) for the first quarter of 2011 by Timeform. She is trained by leading Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody, and has been ridden by Luke Nolen in all her starts apart from her first two runs and in the Patinack Farm Classic, where Ben Melham rode her while Nolen was suspended.

Racing career
Two and three year old seasons

Black Caviar started twice as a two year old, winning her debut by five lengths before claiming a listed race by six lengths. Returning as a three year old, she won first-up in a listed race by four lengths. Stepping up to Group 2 level in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington, she caused concern when she stumbled at the start; however, she recovered to keep her winning run going. A chest muscle injury sustained in the start kept her out of racing until the following January. That resuming run saw her take on the older horses in the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, where she won by two and a half lengths. A leg injury sustained subsequent to the race kept her out for the rest of the season.
Four year old season

Returning as a four year old in October 2010, Black Caviar won two more Group 2 races; the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield and the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley by 5½ lengths. She then was set for her first Group 1 race in the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington, where she took on a field that included the highly-rated sprinter Hay List, along with multiple Group 1 winners Star Witness, Melito and All Silent. Black Caviar won by four lengths.

She resumed in February 2011 in the Lightning Stakes, where she defeated Hay List by three and a half lengths, being eased down well short of the winning post. Her next start saw her carry topweight of 58 kg in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. Despite the weight, she again won in similar ease to her previous Group 1 wins and set a race record in the process. This performance earned her a rating of 130 from the IFHA, which made her the number one ranked horse in the world in the period of October 2010 – March 2011 – a period when many of the world’s premier races are run. A fourth successive Group 1 win came in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley before she ventured to Randwick in Sydney for the T.J. Smith Stakes. In this race, Hay List established a clear break on the field at the top of the straight. However, Black Caviar made up the ground and won by three lengths.

She then travelled to Brisbane for the BTC Cup at Doomben, where she attracted a crowd of over 20,000, for another clash with Hay List. She won by two lengths over Hay List, who once again ran a clear second placing and confirmed his standing as Black Caviar's main rival.[9] Buffering was a further five lengths away in third place. Black Caviar was expected to end her season in the Doomben 10,000; however, her connections instead decided to spell her until the Australian spring.

In the annual Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards, members of the racing media voted Black Caviar as Horse of the Year by 150 votes to 134 over So You Think.

Breeding

She was foaled in Australia at Swettenham Stud and owned by Mr G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr C H Madden, Mrs J Madden, Mrs P A Hawkes, Mr D M Taylor, Mrs J Taylor. She was sired by Bel Esprit, winner of the Doomben 10,000 sprint, out of Helsinge who was unraced and by Desert Sun (GB). Black Caviar is the first foal for Helsinge.Black Caviar was one of the yearlings consigned by Swettenham Stud to the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sales where she was auctioned for A$210,000.

Five year old season

Black Caviar started her five year old season by winning her second Schillaci Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths. With this victory, she equalled Phar Lap's record of 14 straight wins. She won her 15th race in the Moir Stakes by a 6 length margin. She maintained her unbeaten record with win number 16 in the Patinack Farm Classic by 2.8 lengths. After the Patinack Farm Classic, Black Caviar was spelled for the remainder of the Spring racing season.

She returned to racing by winning the 1200 metre Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on 27 January 2012 by 4.3 lengths in a time of 1.09.44 to remain undefeated over 17 starts. [12] She then stepped up to 1400 metres for the first time on 11 February in the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield, where she again won comfortably by 3.3 lengths.

Black Caviar backed up a week later in the Coolmore Lightning Stakes on 18 February over 1000 metres, where she was once again pitted against Hay List. She was challenged up until the 200m mark, then extended away to win by nearly two lengths.  The win put her equal with American horse Peppers Pride with 19 wins from 19 starts, and behind only Kincsem, who won all 54 of her races. She also equalled the long-standing Australasian record of successive wins jointly held by Desert Gold and Gloaming.

On 28 April 2012 she won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes by 4½ lengths at Morphettville and in the process set a new Australasian record of 20 straight wins from 20 starts. She followed this, two weeks later, with her 21st win at the same track, under double wraps, in the Goodwood Handicap. A trip to Royal Ascot is expected to follow.

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