Australian Derby Day 2013 will forever go down in history as Black Caviar Day after Peter Moody’s outstanding star broke the record for most Group 1 wins down under scoring her 15th elite level and incredible 25th consecutive career victory in the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
Arguably Australian racing’s best ever sprinter the champion saluted for her millions of fans once again at Royal Randwick racing in Sydney for the first time since her emphatic victory over Hay List in the TJ Smith two autumns ago.
Hay List was again among the brave rivals that faced off against the queen of the turf this afternoon and once more he felt the windburn of the Black Flash, pulled up to finish second last, as she lived up to one of her thousands of nicknames and flashed home to boost her earnings to over $7.9 million.
Moody was thrilled post-race that his stable ace had brought the breathtaking Black Caviar show to Sydney, the Bel Sprinter six-year-old travelling like a superstar since the jump with regular rider Luke Nolen in the saddle every jockey wants to be in once again.
“Lost for words. That’s the best field she’s ever met,” Moody said after the record breaking victory.
“I’m just really pleased she put on one of a show she put on for the big crowd here.
“I’m just really proud of her to bring the show on the road.”
While there were a few doubts leading up to the TJ Smith Stakes about her ability to handle the classier line-up of rivals, the champ didn’t disappoint toying with the 10 contenders she ran past.
Nolen bought her up inside early to settle down in third spot behind the Joe Pride-trained Rain Affair and Howmuchdoyouloveme.
Breaths were held around the nation as she looked to be boxed up but Nolen didn’t panic and he got her away from the rails to give her room to move determined not to let the legend go down.
On the straight Rain Affair kicked away but Sydney soon tasted some Black Caviar magic as Nolen pushed the button and Black Caviar did what she does so well, galloping away for another emphatic triumph.
It was easy killings in the end with Black Caviar putting plenty between her and runner-up Epaulette, an up-and-coming Commands colt from the Peter Snowden stables who was racing for the first time since their third to Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last October, who was three lengths off her with The Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter in third a further two and a quarter lengths off.
“I think everyone appreciates her for what she is,” Moody said.
“She’s a mighty horse. She’s broken three or four records again today.
“15 Group 1’s, unbelievable, what more do you say?
“Horses look fast until they line up beside her.”
Nolen was perhaps the most emotional he’d ever been hoping off the back of the sprint sensation, happy to come to her defense in the extremely unlikely event there were any doubters left in the house.
“I found a nice spot pretty comfortable running third,” he said.
“But she’s done it both ends, they didn’t protect her in Sydney and she still kicked their arse.
“I thought overall it was close to her most rounded performance she wasn’t a protected species today and she was going to earn it and if there’s any knockers after that come and see me and I’ll sort it out.
“It’s wonderful that everyone’s got here to celebrate the Black Caviar race day.
“Its’ a wonderful day’s racing and it’s the icing on the cake (winning).”
As for where to next Moody said they would wait to see how she pulled up from No. 25 before any concrete decisions were made but among the options are the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, a spell ahead of the spring in Melbourne and even possibly another international Royal Ascot campaign.
“She just continues to get the job done,” he said with pride.
“We go home now and see how she pulls up.
“I wouldn’t say that’s the best but she’s going every bit as good as she ever has.
“We’ll go right over her and have a chat with the team next week before deciding.”
Part of that team is co-proprietor Neil Werrett who knows Black Caviar now belongs as much to the people of Australia as her official syndicate of owners.
“It’s been a great day for Randwick today and for Black Caviar,” he said.
“Pete and Luke have done a fantastic job again.
“It’s all to Pete’s credit that he’s got her fit.
“To break Kingston Town’s record is phenomenal.
“You always going to be worried when your in a race and winning 25 in a row, what can you say?
“The whole of Australia are behind her now
“She’s a national horse.”
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2013 TJ Smith Stakes Results & Finish Order
Royal Randwick Race 9 – 13/04/2013
|1||9||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||1||56.5kg||$1.14F|
|2||11||EPAULETTE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||3L||8||56.5kg||$41|
|3||2||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||Hugh Bowman||5.3L||2||58.5kg||$13|
|4||3||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||5.7L||5||58.5kg||$51|
|5||10||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea||Jim Cassidy||6.1L||10||56.5kg||$31|
|6||4||DECISION TIME||Clarry Conners||James McDonald||6.9L||4||58.5kg||$101|
|7||7||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Con Karakatsanis||Brenton Avdulla||7.1L||7||58.5kg||$151|
|8||6||TITLE||Joseph Pride||Michael Rodd||9.4L||3||58.5kg||$151|
|9||5||ATOMIC FORCE||Darren Smith||Joshua Parr||16.4L||6||58.5kg||$201|
|10||1||HAY LIST||John McNair||Glyn Schofield||19L||9||58.5kg||$41|
|11||8||ONTHELOOKOUT||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||Carl Spry||33.7L||11||58.5kg||$401|