Caviar serves up another treat

Black Caviar is the world's greatest sprinter. Anyone who had been in any doubt as she extended her unbeaten sequence to 11 a fortnight ago at Moonee Valley, surely cannot deny the fact after the Australian mare produced another sensational performance to extend her sequence to 12 at Randwick racecourse in Sydney on Saturday afternoon, writes Elliot Slater.


Although European racing scribes were in ecstasy a couple of seasons ago as the Hungarian sprinter Overdose rattled up a tremendous sequence against mainly modest local opposition, in the southern hemisphere Black Caviar's achievements are far more impressive in that she is competing at the very highest level on each and every outing and those following the horse racing betting should remember this.


Peter Moody's five-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit landed her fifth straight Grade 1 victory in stunning fashion in front of a massive crowd who had ventured out specifically to see the 'wondermare' run for the first time in Australia's first city. Ridden as usual by Luke Nolen in the T J Smith Stakes over six furlongs, Moody's star was given a serious workout by Australia's other outstanding sprinter of the moment Hay List, who went scorching off into the lead then kicked on by a couple of lengths a furlong-and-a-half from home.


Not panicking, Nolen asked Black Caviar to change gear and go after the leader and to the gasps of the Sydney crowd she produced her trademark stunning burst of acceleration to surge past the front-runner inside the distance to win with something to spare. The mare that was cheered all the way down to post was given a tumultuous reception in the Randwick winners' enclosure where her trainer confessed to being more “relieved” than elated that she had delivered the goods yet again.


British racing fans are going to have to wait at least a year to see Black Caviar as even a deposition of officials from Ascot to Australia have failed to persuade Moody to bring the mar to Royal Ascot this term, although he seems keen to let her take her chance in 2012.