10/24/2011 5:15PM

What’s next for Black Caviar, champion Aussie sprinter?


In the wake of Black Caviar's latest victory early Saturday morning, her 15th in a row, the headline in the Sydney Morning Herald read: "Black Caviar has run out of meaningful opposition, and her true test will come in the autumn over more ground." For the headline to make sense, you have to remember that autumn in Australia is spring here in the States, so in the meantime we might see her trouncing more overmatched sprint fields. Her next start is slated for the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic, a race she won in 2010.

Next year, will Black Caviar come to England for the Royal Ascot meeting in June, where Frankel may be waiting for her? And if she does race again, will it be longer than the six furlongs (1,200 meters) she coasted at in the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes this weekend? If not, she and Frankel could end up at the same racetrack but in different events.

Black Caviar toyed with the other three horses in the Schweppes field, easing to a six-length victory. When she turned on the afterburners around the turn, the race announcer yelled, "And if you've come to see the greatest, here she is!"

From the New Zealand Herald: "Black Caviar's winning time was an unsensational 1:10.13 but Moody and Nolen didn't care. Moody said there was no reason to chase the clock and noted the best athletes were most susceptible to injury when they went their hardest. 'Why tempt fate?' Moody said."

As DRF.com's own Bob Nastanovich pointed out in his Cox Plate recap, the more revealing result of the race card was Karuta Belle's victory in the Australia Stakes for 3-year-olds. Karuta Belle, a speedy filly in her own right, was the runner-up to Black Caviar in their last race on Oct. 8, the Schillaci, and thus flattered Black Caviar's victory with a win of her own.

From Nastanovich: "When Karuta Belle's trainer, Neville Layt, was asked why he chose not to reoppose Black Caviar, he replied, 'We thought it would be a good idea for ours to win a race.' "