After annihilating her inferior rivals with ease for her 20th straight career success the undefeated Black Caviar is now likely to back-up in the 2012 The Goodwood at Morphettville on Saturday May 12, nominations for which have now been taken.
A total of 30 sprinters were nominated for this year’s edition of the $500,000 Group 1 The Distinctive Homes Goodwood (1200m), Peter Moody’s superlative mare Black Caviar the obvious headliner.
Over 30,000 race fans flocked to Morphettville last Saturday to watch the brilliant daughter of Bel Esprit enter the history books once more, this time setting a new Australasian record for consecutive metro wins at 20.
There are horses, there are good horses, there are champion horses and then there is Black Caviar.
She is now a 10-time Group 1 winner across four states, a $5.45 million earner and after The Goodwood Black Caviar will be tested on the international stage when she goes to England’s Royal Ascot for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
But first – The Goodwood.
Brenton Wilkinson from the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) confirmed that Moody and connections were happy with the way Black Caviar had pulled through her effortless romp in the Robert Sangster Stakes and she was on track for win No. 21.
“She floated back to Melbourne, had a swim and did a bit of track work,” he said.
“They’re pleased with the way she’s pulled up.
“We could see that she was probably still a little bit fat and had a really good blow after the race, and even with that blow she was still able to win by four and a half lengths.”
Unlike other years when a number of horses contest the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double, not one of the nine horses that had their hinds kicked by Black Caviar last Saturday are going for round two against the ‘Black Flash’.
The horses that finished top four in one of the other features at Morphettville last Saturday, the $115,000 Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m), however have been nominated for The Goodwood.
DC McKay Stakes winner Outlandish Lad, runner-up Kulgrinda, third placed Go The Knuckle and fourth placegetter Stirling Grove.
Also coming via the DC McKay Stakes are Periduki (5th), We’re Gonna Rock (6th) and Streetcar Magic (7th).
DC McKay Stakes runner-up Kulgrinda is actually a stablemate to Black Caviar, the fellow Moody-trained mare having been ridden by Luke Nolen on the weekend.
A new jockey will have to be arranged if she too goes to The Goodwood with Nolen to continue his flawless association with the queen of the turf Black Caviar.
Other big name 2012 The Goodwood nominees include Jason Warren’s consistent Bel Esprit gelding Bel Sprinter who is out to atone for their ninth in The Galaxy last start, the John Sadler-trained Linton who was formerly prepared by Robert Hickmott and who hasn’t raced since last October, and Clarry Conners’ smart filly Satin Shoes.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest The Goodwood field and betting updates with final acceptances due out on Tuesday May 8.
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2012 The Goodwood Nominations
Morphettville – 12/05/2012
|1||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||104|
|2||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||130|
|3||BONNIE MAC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||80|
|5||CURTANA||Peter G Moody||101|
|6||DONNIDI SULINA (NZ)||Wayne Walters||75|
|7||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||96|
|8||EIGHT BILLS||Troy Portelli||93|
|9||GO THE KNUCKLE||Mark Minervini||94|
|10||KULGRINDA||Peter G Moody||102|
|11||LE REMAS||Brian McKnight||77|
|12||LIKE BOLT||Darryl Carrison||76|
|15||OUTLANDISH LAD||Dennis O’Leary||108|
|16||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||97|
|18||POWER PRINCESS||Simon A Miller||106|
|19||ROCKING FORCE||Mandy Shillito||98|
|20||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||102|
|21||SECRET FLYER||Mark Young||98|
|22||SHOCK VALUE||David Hayes||98|
|23||SHOPAHOLIC (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||95|
|26||STIRLING GROVE||Richard Jolly||100|
|28||STREETCAR MAGIC||David Jolly||99|
|30||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||103|