World Champion Sprinter Black Caviar (5 m Bel Esprit – Helsinge, by Desert Sun) was untroubled to make it 17 straight wins in the $200,000 Gr 2 Essendon Mazda Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Starting the $1.05 favourite, Black Caviar gave Luke Nolen an armchair ride, racing¬†in second place before sweeping up to Zedi Knight (Zeditave) on the home turn and then coming away to score by 4-3/4 lengths with her stablemate Doubtful Jack (Not A Single Doubt) a further 4-1/2 lengths away third in the¬†time of 1:09.44 – 0.15 seconds outside the course record held by Miss Andretti.
“It’s great to see her back,” Moody said,¬†confirming Black Caviar’s next start would be in the Group One C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield on February 11, her first attempt at 1400 metres.¬†”Her attitude is good, her action is terrific so hopefully it’s the start of a wonderful six months.”
Plans are to take the five-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit to England for the Golden Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot and the July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket, after the Orr, the Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and maybe one other run here.
“There’s a race for her every Saturday on the eastern seaboard of Australia and most parts of the world for the next six months,” Moody said.”But we are going to sit down next Friday with the owners and have a meeting and that will tell us a bit more and get everyone’s gut feeling.
“But I’m just pleased to enjoy tonight and have her back on track.”