10/22/2011 10:41AM

Australia: Black Caviar stays perfect with 15th win; Pinker Pinker upsets Cox Plate


On an afternoon when the sensational Black Caviar easily ran her lifetime record to 15 for 15, fellow mare Pinker Pinker stole the biggest headline when running down New Zealand star Jimmy Choux to take Moonee Valley's $3.05 million Group 1 Tattersalls Cox Plate.

Pinker Pinker, sent off at 30-1 on the Australian tote and over 25-1 in the U.S. pools, proved the Cox Plate's 10 furlongs was well within her scope when sweeping past second favorite Jimmy Choux in the final furlong under an excellent ride from Craig Williams. Trained by Greg Eurell in Cranbourne, the 4-year-old Reset-sired mare surged from between rivals entering the home straight and edged clear late to win by a length and a half. Third choice Rekindled Interest staged a mild rally to snare third.

Heavily backed 3-year-old colt Helmet, who was sent off at just under 2-1, controlled the pace but faded out of contention in the final quarter-mile. Impending spring thunderstorms closing in on the Melbourne course added to the drama as did a fired up Jimmy Choux, who prematurely broke through the starting gate.

Black Caviar stays perfect with easy score

On the undercard, Black Caviar asserted her dominance over Australia's sprint division when taking the Group 2, six-furlong Schweppes Stakes by six lengths. The strapping mare, a national hero trained by Peter Moody, was untested by her three male rivals and strolled in the easiest of winners.

Black Caviar's best recent opposition, Karuta Belle, a speedy filly who had finished second to the champ in Caulfield's Oct. 8 Schillaci Stakes, returned to her best when taking the six-furlong 1300 Australia Stakes for 3 year olds. 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 our’s to win a race."

Defending Melbourne Cup champion Americain, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Dynaformer trained in France by Alain De Royer-Dupre, made a successful return to these shores when give the ideal preparation for a Cup repeat in the 2500-meter Drake International Cup. Stoked up by regular rider Gerard Mosse with just over two furlongs to go, Americain responded powerfully and cemented his position at the head of the Nov. 1 Melbourne Cup betting market.