LIGHTNING STAKES (Group 1)
Flemington, Turf, 1000m
16 February 2013
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite an injury-enforced absence of nearly eight months, Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit) took her race record to a perfect 23 for 23 Saturday, stamping her authority on the Group 1 Lightning Stakes for the third consecutive season in front of 27,047 fans at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. It was the sixth win at the highest level at the track for the supermare and 13th overall, equaling the feat of fellow Australasian darling Sunline (NZ) and Tie the Knot (Aus) and leaves her just one behind the all-time record of Kingston Town (Aus).
“It’s good to have her back,” a noticeably emotional Peter Moody commented afterwards. “I said to my girls that it was the first time I’ve been nervous in a long time. I suppose it was the break.”
At the end of the day, there was very little to sweat.
Away without incident from stall two, Black Caviar dictated terms beneath a motionless Luke Nolen and hooked up with the track proper traveling with supreme confidence. Nolen shook the reins at her and, as is her custom, she put a couple lengths on her rivals and came home a much-the-best winner at minimum odds. Moment of Change (Aus) (Barely a Moment) and Golden Archer (Aus) (Rock of Gibraltar) ran on to fill out the minors for a stable 1-2-3. The final time of 0:55.42 clipped 0.08 seconds off the previous course record established by Special (Aus) in this event some 25 years ago.
“We were hiding nothing by bringing her back, the job was done and we thought it was over after Ascot, but to come back and do that and run a record, I’m lost for words,” Moody continued. “I’m just so proud of her. She is just a good-news story and I am very grateful for the owners who are prepared to share her with everyone. I think that is very understated in this whole story. Imagine having something this good and sharing it with every bugger in Australia. They are true blue Aussies, aren’t they,” Moody quipped.
There are two relations to Black Caviar in the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Lot 131, a Redoute’s Choice (Aus) half-brother to the mare, will be offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds on behalf of Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm. Also set to go under the hammer is lot 319, a colt by Redoute’s Choice out of Black Caviar’s second dam Scandinavia (Aus).
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News