Black Caviar Ė An Aussie phenomenon
We have seen plenty of top-class Australian sprinters over the past few years in the UK Ė Scenic Blast, Miss Andretti and Takeover Target are three names that spring immediately to mind and there is now another Aussie sprinting phenomenon on the track.
Step forward Black Caviar who has just recorded her tenth successive victory in her native land with a stunning turn of foot to slam a Group 1 field at Flemington to land the Newmarket Handicap over 6F at the Melbourne track. But unlike her compatriots, connections donít really seem to be that keen on coming over to the UK to test her against the sprinting talent. Her trainer Peter Moody wants her to stay at home for the Australian crowds to enjoy, so British racing fans looking for Paul Nicholls racing tips won't have the chance to see her.
She looks a really speedy filly giving weight away all-round simply trounced her field covering the last 600 metres in 33 seconds and travelling like a winner throughout the entire contest. She is the reigning world champion sprinter and even the welter burden of 58kg (9st 2lbs) could not stop her on this occasion. With Luke Nolen doing the steering she literally pulverised the field just as her adoring fans and punters had expected her to do having sent her off the 2/11 favourite. She broke smartly and had the remainder of the field in difficulties by halfway before she burst clear at the furlong pole and coasted home to win easing down by four lengths.
The time she recorded was remarkable stopping the clock at 1min 07.36 seconds for the 1200M (6F), with the last 200 metres completed in 32.67 seconds and that includes her easing down, it was an excellent performance, and one that may ever be noted in a future Paul Nicholls Betfair column.
Unfortunately for UK race fans it looks unlikely that we will see her in the UK and we will be confined to watching her stunning performances on the racing channels or via the internet. Her reputation is growing by the day and she is thought to become the first Australian horse to win her first ten starts at the senior Metropolitan tracks around Melbourne, in fact she has never raced outside of Melbourne.
Some critics have suggested that she needs to tested further to enhance her claims but she looks pretty special to our eyes and we suggest that if you havenít seen Black caviar in action you tap her name into and internet search engine and take a look at this extraordinarily speedy filly.