Black Caviar showed she had well and truly settled into the sunshine state on Saturday putting in a champagne effort for her first piece of trackwork at Doomben.
The equine celebrity that is set to draw a capacity crowd at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday, Black Caviar was at her brilliant best when given a strapping ride on the course proper over the weekend.
Queensland born trainer Peter Moody was there to supervise his ace asset’s work before flying to Adelaide for Morphettville’s Super Sunday where Doubtful Jack ran a disappointing 16th to Lone rock in the $350,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
“Everything is good with the mare,” Moody said of Black Caviar.
“She worked well on Saturday (morning) at Doomben.”
On Saturday at Doomben Moody’s stable foreman Patrick Bell was aboard for the Caviar’s dazzling trackwork.
“I usually ride her in all her fast work and Luke (Nolen) rides in the gallops,” Bell said on Saturday.
“This morning was the first real solid piece of work I have done with her.
“She got around the course beautifully, she’s an amazing animal.”
So awesome is the four-year-old Black Caviar’s ability, she became the first Australian racehorse in history to top the World Thoroughbred Rankings earlier in the year.
Undefeated in her 12 starts to date, the racing royal is also the first Aussie mare to win five elite level races consecutively and Black Caviar looks near impossible to stop on way to her sixth Group 1 in the $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) this Saturday.
She could then come within one win of the mighty Bernborough’s record of 15 straight victories when she lines up in the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight later over 1350m, a distance Black Caviar has not raced before.
The speed demon, described as having “the neck of a duchess and arse of a cook” by Moody, is a magnificent horse and will have the eyes of the world firmly focused on her during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
It is not only her talent on the track, but her calm demeanour outside of the spotlight that makes Black Caviar such a special creature.
She also boasts a phenomenal power unmatched by any of the rivals she has encountered and easily taken care of over her career to date.
“She’s an extremely strong animal,” Moody said of the black beauty.
“She hits the scales at about 575 kilos but at the start of her prep she’s up to 600 kilos, so for a four-year-old mare, she’s certainly a big strong girl.
“She’s bigger and stronger than most stallions.
“That’s a massive attribute.
“Her hindquarters are phenomenal.”
Understandably the bookies are taking no chances with Black Caviar and have her as short as $1.14 in the pre-field BTC Cup betting.
The next closest rival is All Aged Stakes winner Hay List, but Moody doesn’t expect an upset.
“The wheels would have to fall off for him (Hay List) to beat her,” Moody said.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Hay List, but if you go on facts, figures and form he can’t beat her unless something goes wrong.”