She gave them the smallest of frights at the top of the straight today, but seconds later the Royal Randwick crowd let out a collective sigh of relief as they realised that Black Caviar had the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in the bag.
Peter Moody’s inexpressibly talented turf star Black Caviar today scored her incredible 12th successive victory from as many starts, becoming a five time Group 1 winner in her customary relaxed style.
“She’s got that relaxed, laid back mannerism about her,” Moody said after the win.
“She could probably run any trip you wanted.”
The world’s fastest sprinter showed the Sydney fans exactly why she is crowed the queen of the turf giving the capacity crowd the win they all came to AJC Derby Day to see.
It was a slightly different style of racing from Black Caviar and jockey Luke Nolen than seen before, the Bel Esprit four-year-old made to do the chasing.
But she relished the chance to run down her rivals and it was going to have to be a better horse than any she faced today to beat her.
After Black Caviar jumped slightly awkwardly from barrier five, it was the hulking Hay List who hit the front to lead while the raging, odds-on favourite settled into third.
In arguably a career best run from John McNair’s five-year-old Hay List, the boom galloper crossed over from barrier 10 to find the rails and set the early pace.
Previous Golden Slipper winning filly Crystal Lily found second after settling just ahead of Black Caviar, who lost a length going into the straight.
Running for home Nolen took Black Caviar to the centre and despite a nervous few seconds for punters and connections, Black Caviar hit the accelerator to race away for her fourth win of the season.
Hay List was off and flying in good order, seemingly travelling well and taking nothing away from his run, Black Caviar was just too good.
On the line it was Black Caviar 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Hay List while Triple Honour was a distant five lengths further back in a photo for third with eventual fourth placegetter Alverta.
Today was the first time Black Caviar had ever been four runs into a preparation and the victory showed Moody that she had the makings of a miler.
“It gives me a great honour to win a race named in honour of the great TJ Smith,” Moody said.
Moody once worked as a strapper at Randwick for TJ Smith and he said that he considered this his home track.
“It’s a massive thrill,” said Moody.
“I don’t know how to put it into words….we’re just going to enjoy the moment.”
Although there were no tears from Moody there were plenty of cheers and plenty to celebrate after the outstanding performance.
The Sunshine State is now set to get their taste of Black Caviar as Moody intends to head to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival riches.
“She still has a look when she got there (the line),” jockey Luke Nolen said.
“She’ll be open to a fair bit of improvement.”
That improvement will come next month with Black Caviar’s Brisbane Carnival goals being the $500,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 14 and possible the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 over a longer 1350m on May 28.
“She’s the deserving people’s champion,” said Nolen.
Indeed she is.
2011 Darley TJ Smith Stakes Result & Finishing Order
|1||7||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||5||56.5kg||$1.14F|
|2||1||HAY LIST||John McNair||Glyn Schofield||2.8L||10||58.5kg||$21|
|3||4||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||7.8L||9||58.5kg||$151|
|4||8||ALVERTA||Paul Messara||Hugh Bowman||7.9L||8||56.5kg||$101|
|5||10||HINCHINBROOK||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||8L||4||56.5kg||$51|
|6||9||RESPONSE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||8.4L||7||56.5kg||$71|
|7||11||CRYSTAL LILY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Stephen Baster||8.6L||3||54.5kg||$21|
|8||3||ALL SILENT||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||9.5L||11||58.5kg||$101|
|9||2||SHOOT OUT||John Wallace||Corey Brown||11.1L||2||58.5kg||$21|
|10||5||SHELLSCRAPE||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||14.3L||6||58.5kg||$81|
|11||6||DEMERIT||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||16.7L||1||58.5kg||$71|