She is the Australian Sportswomen of the Year, and tomorrow at Royal Randwick, Black Caviar can continue to assert her dominance and record win number 25 from as many starts.
Black Caviar wins at Royal Randwick in 2011 in the T.J Smith Stakes. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Source: The Daily Telegraph
In what has been built up as her biggest test since her victory at Royal Ascot, Black Caviar will start at $1.16, the best odds we have seen for a while and for some, odds that are better than bank interest.
There are a few intriguing talking points coming into the T.J Smith stakes, a race Black Caviar won back in 2011.
The first being that this is the most competitive field she has faced since Royal Ascot. Bel Sprinter is coming off an impressive swooping win last start in the Group 1 Galaxy and Hay List, who has served it up to Black Caviar previously and almost beaten her. Plus, you add in Rain Affair, who will ensure this race is not run at a slow tempo and you’ve got yourself a competitive field.
Racing up in Sydney also adds a concern of doubt as she has only had the one start there and is no doubt more confident when racing around the Melbourne going. Last time she ran in Sydney she had to chase down Hay List who looked like breaking the streak that day only to fall short and be the bridesmaid.
It may also depend on the amount of rain in Sydney, as to whether we see the great Black Caviar take her place in the field. She has yet to race on any track worse than a dead, and if we see more rain in Sydney and a track worse than a slow 6, it could lead to the scratching on race day.
NSW premier Barry O’Farrell has said this week he hopes Black Caviar loses, which almost seems un-Australian to say. This may just be another classic example of a Victoria Vs. New South Wales rivalry, where each state continues to battle for the right to be number one.
Trainer Peter Moody isn’t fazed by all the doubters saying this week, saying that “she is going as good as she ever has”, and he had a message to all those Sydney jockeys racing against her again who are claiming they will show no love to Caviar, joking that “they’re probably still using Vaseline to cover up their windburn”.
Everyone loves witnessing history, those moments where you can recollect where you were and what you were doing that moment history was created. If Black Caviar wins Saturday, it will be her 25th straight victory and her 15th Group 1 victory, which will see her pass Kingston Town’s record of 14.
Just for the record, Kingston Town was from New South Wales.