|Sensational Caviar Returns with Stunning Track Record|
2/18/13 - The legendary Black Caviar vindicated the decision of her owner and trainer to keep her in training as a seven-year-old when producing a sensational performance on her first outing of the campaign, absolutely bolting up from a high-class field at Flemington on February 16 and breaking the five-furlong track record in the process.
Taking her unbeaten record to an amazing 23 races, the daughter of Bel Esprit attracted a huge crowd to the Melbourne track for the race named in her honour, the Grade 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
She did not disappoint either the racecourse executive or race-goers in the grandstand, as she blitzed to a two-and-a-half length success over stable companions, Moment of Change and Golden Archer, giving her emotional trainer, Peter Moody, an unprecedented 1-2-3 in the coveted contest.
Sent off as usual at virtually unbackable odds, the 1/10 shot was partnered by Luke Nolen, her ever-present jockey, who came in for plenty of criticism after the darling of Australian racing very nearly came a cropper at Royal Ascot last June in the Grade 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Nolen eased down when clear inside the final furlong and very nearly gifted the race to the flying French filly, Moonlight Cloud, who came within a head of pulling off one of the biggest surprises in Royal Ascot history.
Expected to return to the same track for the Newmarket Handicap next month, Black Caviar clocked a tremendous time of 55.42 seconds to break the long-standing Flemington track record by nearly one-tenth of a second.
No decision has yet been made as to whether or not she will return to Royal Ascot to defend her six furlong crown at the mid-summer British showcase meeting, or indeed bid for other legs of the Global Sprint Challenge of which the Lightning Stakes was the first race of the year.