SALADE BURSTS INTO SLIPPER CONTENTION

Salade burst into contention for next Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper with a barnstorming debut win in today’s Group Two $176,150 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

Prepared by all conquering horseman Bart Cummings, Salade got back in the field but produced a dazzling finish to reel in the leaders before racing clear late for the most impressive of wins.

Stable foreman James Cummings said Salade would almost certainly back up next week and contest the world’s richest juvenile race.

“If he comes through today he’ll back up for sure,” Cummings said.

“He went great. I thought he’d run well today but he went better than I expected.”

“Good horses run well in this race.”

“Horses like Theseo and Duporth kicked off here so he looks to have a very bright future,” Cummings added.

A $65,000 purchase for owner Mathew Sandblom at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Salade earned over $100,000 for her debut run.

At the post Salade ($7-$10-$9) held a widening two and a half length margin over the runner-up Boys on Tour ($11-$13-$12).

Exceed and Exalt ($13-$17) was another head back in third place – a position ahead of the warm favourite Golden Archer ($2.20-$2.40-$2.35 fav).

Salade is a son of former outstanding Magic Millions graduate and popular Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel.

He is the first winner to date for the former two-year-old winning and Black Opal Stakes placed mare Just as Beautiful.

A daughter of Beautiful Crown, Just as Beautiful is a half sister to the stakes winning juvenile Tropical Affair – the dam of group winner Matras and group race runner-up Ashikaga.

The champ delivers again with her 11th straight win

Australian racing’s World Champion sprinter Black Caviar remains undefeated after winning the Group 1 $500,000 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley tonight.

The people’s champion extended her winning streak to 11 when she overcame a wide run throughout much of the race to score by almost two lengths at the prohibitive odds of $1.04.

The victory took trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen’s earnings for the night racing season past $1 million delivering them lucrative prizes thanks to Moonee Valley’s Industry Rewards Program.

Moody took ownership of a $134,000 Mercedes-Benz GL-350 as a reward for his stunning season under lights, whilst Nolen walked away with a $33,000 Bang & Olufsen BeoVision television.

“What do you say? She’s just gone and done the job again, full credit to her, it’s hard to take credit for any part of it. She’s just a machine,” an amazed Moody declared.

“It’s just great to be a part of something that’s a great drawcard for racing.”

Nolen was also in awe of the four-year-old mare who won her fourth consecutive Group 1 race and took her career earnings to $2.6 million with the feature race triumph.

“I don’t know how many people are here tonight but they were all here to see one horse and it was good she didn’t let anyone down. Just to be a part of it I feel very, very privileged,” Nolen said.

“It’s a bit surreal really,” he added. “I saw Glen Boss go through it with Makybe Diva, but you don’t really get a grasp of the magnitude of it all until you do yourself.”

Despite facing just six rivals, Black Caviar was made to work for win number 11 after travelling three wide for the first half of the race before Nolen asked her for the supreme effort at the 500-metre mark.

The champion mare quickly responded claiming leaders Crystal Lily and True Persuasion, much to the delight of the huge crowd in attendance for the final meeting of the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing.

The end result was the same as the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight prior with a gallant Crystal Lily filling second. Third across the line was Black Caviar’s stablemate Hinchinbrook who improved on his sixth placing in the Newmarket.

“When I went, there’s not many horses that are going to go with her at weight-for-age for that distance. You ride to your strengths and that’s what we did tonight,” Nolen said.

Black Caviar will now head interstate for the first time in her illustrious career to contest the $1 million T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m) at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on Saturday, 9 April.

A further two Group 1 races have been earmarked for the daughter of Bel Esprit during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival before she spells prior to chasing further riches during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

ROSEHILL SATURDAY SELECTIONS

Rosehill Guineas Meeting – Saturday March 25

Race 1 – 1. Military Rose 3. Palomares 8. Scarf

Race 2 – 3. Exceed And Exalt 2. You’re Canny 5. Flying Zero

Race 3 – 1. Brazilian Pulse (SPECIAL) 6. Kim Heaven 5. Bride Salama

Race 4 – 4. Altar 1. Pane In The Glass 2. Aerobatics

Race 5 – 9. Pureness 1. Snow Alert 11. Under The Eiffel

Race 6 – 1. Vivid Vixen 5. Miss Darcey 7. Rubinacci

Race 7 – 10. Absolutelyawesome 2. Jimmy Choux 4. Retrieve

Race 8 – 1. Lorne Dancer (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 2. Once Were Wild 3. Mourayan

Race 9 – 6. Jerezana 2. Trim 3. Kiss From A Rose

One of Mick’s mares at it again

Mick Price claimed yet another mares’ feature when Nakaaya scored a thrilling win in Friday night’s Sportingbet Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Six days after winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic in Sydney with Aloha, the Caulfield trainer claimed the $200,000 Group 2 with the ever-improving four-year-old.

Price was only using the 1600m event as a lead-up to the $175,000 Group 2 Queen Of The South at Morphettville on April 16, but he was thrilled to come away with the win and conceded they may have to revise goals.

“The idea was to win a Group race with her, but this was just a run on the way through to South Australia,” said Price, who will chase another mares’ feature on Saturday when Dubleanny runs in the Group 1 Sportingbet Classic at Morphettville.

“But it’s a $200,000 Group race for mares and I could not be happier.

“I don’t know what’s in Sydney for her, but we’re just happy to get a really good Group win for the mare tonight. I’m very, very pleased.”

Nakaaya ($11), who settled closer than usual from a good draw under Craig Newitt but again produced a powerful finish, scrambled home by a short half head. But the anxious moments didn’t end there for Nakaaya’s backers.

Michael Guthrie, rider of luckless runner-up Lady Lynette ($4.60 fav) protested for interference first at the 1200m and again over the final 100m, but stewards dismissed the objection after a lengthy hearing.

Third, just a further half-head away in a thrilling finish, was consistent Mike Moroney-trained grey Platinum Passion ($8.50).

Nakaaya’s win made it three wins from as many starts at Moonee Valley for the daughter of Tiger Hill, who has now won five of 11 starts and $240,000.

Newitt was impressed at the way Nakaaya picked up in the straight after being under pressure at the 450m and said having Lady Lynette on his inside proved decisive.

“She drew one and I drew three, so she was always back on the inside,” Newitt said. “That might have been the difference, but I’ll take it.

“She travelled really good, but she just lost the bridle a little bit before the corner, but when I gave her a squeeze she really accelerated good and sustained it to the line.”

The full result of the Sportingbet Sunline Stakes is available by clicking here.

Caviar chasing 11 straight at Festival of Racing finale

World Champion sprinter Black Caviar is a $1.10 TAB Sportsbet favourite to stretch her unbeaten record to 11 at the final meeting of the 2011 Melbourne Festival of Racing this Friday night at Moonee Valley.

The world’s fastest thoroughbred is one of nine horses that have accepted to contest the $500,000 Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes (1200m) – the final Victorian Group 1 of the racing season.

Surprisingly she has three stablemates in the race with trainer Peter Moody also paying up for a trio of three-year-olds, the colts Master Harry ($15) and Hinchinbrook ($36) and the filly Panipique ($26).

It was a three-year-old colt, Wanted, that finished second for Moody in last year’s William Reid Stakes after Black Caviar succumbed to injury on the eve of the race and was sent to the spelling paddock.

The premier trainer has an added incentive to claim his maiden William Reid trophy this Friday night with a $134,000 Mercedes-Benz on offer if he can do so thanks to Moonee Valley’s Premium Rewards Program.

Any trainer whose horses win $1 million in prize money throughout the Moonee Valley night racing season, which concludes this weekend, claims the luxurious prize. Moody’s team has earned $694,699 thus far with the William Reid offering a first prize of $300,000 and prize money of $10,000 paid down to eighth.

A total of 20 horses have won the 26 Group 1 races conducted in Victoria during the 2010-11 racing season, with Moody producing three of those in Black Caviar, Typhoon Tracy and Anacheeva.

If victorious Black Caviar will join So You Think on four Group 1 titles for the season and also join Aloha as the most successful horse on Victorian tracks with her sixth victory since 1 August, 2010.

Golden Slipper-winning filly Crystal Lily, a last start runner-up to Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, rounds out a quartet of three-year-olds in Friday’s 9.45pm (AEST) feature and is the joint second favourite at $15.

Joining Moody with multiple runners is fellow Caulfield trainer Mick Price. The in-form horseman has his Moonee Valley 1200-metre specialists True Persuasion ($26) and Das Machen ($31) engaged.

Rounding out the field is comeback sprinter King Pulse ($81) and the unheralded Perturbo ($151) who, at five years of age, shares billing with the mare Das Machen as the veteran of the field.

Click to view the Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes field.