It’s official, Australia’s wonder horse Black Caviar is still unbeaten after adding an astonishing 23rd straight victory to her resume in the Group 1 2013 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington today.
Her third Lightning was perhaps the most anticipated race of her career considering there was speculation she would never race again after conquering the international stage at Royal Ascot in June.
But the world’s best sprinter’s thrilling win under the duress of muscle tears in the UK was a distant memory at Flemington as she refused to give her rivals a chance when scoring a remarkable 13th Group 1 win.
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With regular jockey Luke Nolen aboard, the big, muscly six-year-old was the Black Caviar of old, looking in complete control on her way to breaking the track record in a time of 55.42 seconds.
The equine superstar jumped out of the gates well and was a class above her competitors as she finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of stablemates Moment Of Change and Golden Archer who filled the minor placings.
An unusually emotional Peter Moody was both elated and relieved that the champion mare was able to make a successful return to the track.
“I think it’s the first time I’ve been nervous for a long time,” Moody said.
“It’s good to have her back.
“She’s just a good news story and I’m very grateful to the owners who are prepared to share her with everyone.
“What do you say? I’m glad I’m sweating or you might see a tear…to do that and run a record, I’m lost for words.”
Nolen copped plenty of criticism when easing up in Black Caviar’s nail-biting win at Royal Ascot but was not taking any chances in her comeback race.
“I didn’t drop my hands on her today,” Nolen said.
“I copped too much of a kick in the arse for it at Ascot. I just shook the reigns a little bit.”
Part-owner Neil Werrett admitted to a feeling of relief and said the record-breaking win was more than anybody was expecting.
“She did more than anyone could have expected apart from probably Pete,” Werrett said.
“She’s come back bigger and better and now we can work out where to go with her. I must say, I’m relieved now.
“It’s a good story and we’re just so proud…she’s probably the number one woman in sport at present in Australia.”
What lies ahead for Australia’s darling of the turf is not yet confirmed but it has been floated she could be headed to the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
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Black Caviar Lightning 2013 – Results