04/28/2012 11:33AM

Black Caviar picks up where she left off, is now undefeated in 20 starts


Black Caviar needed minimal effort to extend her unbeaten streak to 20 races in Saturday’s Group 1 Sportingbet Classic at Morphettville Racecourse, near Adelaide, Australia.

The winning streak is a record for an Australian-based horse racing at that country’s major tracks. Two Australian horses have compiled 22-race winning streaks racing at minor venues.

Black Caviar, the 1-20 favorite, won the $408,000 Sportingbet Classic for fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths over 30-1 Sistine Angel. Power Princess, a 50-1 shot, finished third, a nose behind Sistine Angel, in the field of 10.

Ridden by regular rider Luke Nolen, Black Caviar stalked pacesetters Just Sybil and Spurcific for the first half of the race over about six furlongs, took the lead with a three-wide move entering the stretch and was hand-ridden to the line.

“Luke has good faith with her every day and so do I,” trainer Peter Moody told reporters after the race. “It’s unbelievable how she copes with it. Most of your sprinters are wound up, excitable types. She’s so laid-back and takes it all in stride.”

A 6-year-old mare by Bel Esprit, Black Caviar’s springtime goal is the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in England on June 23. She may have one more prep race in Australia, in the Group 1 Goodwood Stakes at Morphettville on May 12.

The Sportingbet Classic was Black Caviar’s first start since February, and her seventh win since returning from a five-month break last October.

Sharon More than 1 year ago
Yea! Hopefully (though unlikely) us here Stateside may see her in the Breeders Cup...WHAT a treat that would be !! Continued success to her and her connections. SR Vegas
korbin dallas More than 1 year ago
If she winds at Ascot next month then no one can deny her greatness. It would be awesome to see her in the BC. I have a feeling she can be stretched to a mile. That could easily be one of the best races of the year.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
shes incredible,any one who sees her races will agree that shes the best turf sprinter in the world,and one of the most talented horses around period.
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
She's a remarkable mare no doubt. And I'm not a hater but if she's the best turf sprinter in the world, why won't we see her in the BC? In reality, her connections are probably making the right decision to stay put. And believe me........ They are staying put for a reason.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
How does shipping from Australia to Great Britain constitute staying put?
Joe Palermo More than 1 year ago
jason you obviously no nothing about horse racing stick with gardening. Her connections have handled her correctly by not looking to far down the line. After she trounces Ascot then they will look for her next conquest. She is by far the greatest horse to race a mile or less hands down.
jack s More than 1 year ago
it's a big world, jason. you often do not see the top English, Irish or French horses at the BC. They have their own traditions which run a tad deeper than 25 years. The Breeders' Cup is an afterthought for most international racers.