Undefeated turf queen Black Caviar will look to extend her flawless career record to 18 straight from debut to now, Peter Moody’s champ to face up to 12 rivals in the 2012 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.
The Bel Esprit five-year-old equaled Hong Kong great Silent Witness’s personal best record of 17 opening career wins consecutively last-start when she resumed with an all-too-easy four and a half length win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
Saturday will see Black Caviar step up to 1400m for the first time when she goes to Caulfield for the year’s opening elite level, the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).
While the Aussie-bred Silent Witness got rolled at start No. 18 when they were stepped up to 1600m for the first time at Sha Tin in May of 2005 going down by a mere nose to Bullish Luck after earlier winning over 1400m for their 17th straight turf triumph, connections are confident Black Caviar can surpass his record.
Three-time World Champion Sprinter Silent Witness will be a special guest at Caulfield for the occasion on Saturday, the former sprint superstar there to lead Black Caviar out onto the track.
It is a scintillating list of 2012 CF Orr Stakes entries for Saturday, the level of competition to be the highest-caliber Black Caviar has faced in many runs.
The best of the possible CF Orr Stakes rivals for Black Caviar are reigning Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed who resumed with a fist-up win over the track and distance in the John Dillon Stakes on January 2, the Neville Parnham-trained dual Kingston Town Stakes winner Playing God, fellow Perth visitor Ranger, Bart Cummings’ German import Illo, and the Robert Hickmott-trained duo of 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient and Midas Touch.
While the 1400m and the level of likely competitors makes Black Caviar vulnerable in the eyes of many, one person who is confident the classy mare will remain unbeaten come Sunday morning is her regular rider Luke Nolen.
“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 600 metres,” Nolen said.
“I know she can do it.
“She can break them up in the middle stages over 1200, I can’t see her not being able to do it over seven furlongs (1400m), especially at home and around a corner.
“There might be knockers on her that will wonder if she will get seven furlongs as comfortably as she gets six furlongs, and, we will be meeting a better class of animal too.
“There’s that little bit of uncertainty, I suppose that could creep in, but I’m very comfortable with where she’s at.”
Moody needs to see a good 1400m performance from his stable ace before confirming plans to travel to England for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot in June and the July Cup.
“I want to see her strong at the end of 1400 meters if she is to run out the 1200 on those uphill tracks in England,” he said.
The 2012 CF Orr Stakes field will be released on Wednesday and published right here along with a detailed race and betting preview at Races.com.au.
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2012 CF Orr Stakes Nominations
Caulfield – 11/02/2012
|1||ADAMANTIUM (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||80|
|2||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||130|
|5||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||101|
|6||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||113|
|7||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||106|
|8||LARGO LAD||David Hayes||101|
|9||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||111|
|10||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||110|
|11||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||107|
|13||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||112|