Caviar creams them at Sydney debut

??Different city, same result. That was the story of Black Caviar’s maiden Sydney appearance in the $1 million TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

The Peter Moody-trained champion stretched her unbeaten run to 12 when she ran down local star Hay List at her first start outside her native Melbourne.

Victoria’s leading trainer thanked the five-year-old for winning the race named after the legendary trainer who gave him his start in the industry.

“It gives me a great thrill to win a race named after the master, TJ Smith,” Moody said. “I arrived down here as a 15-year-old lout from the bush and I did my first three years in this industry under The Little General.

“There’s a lot of personal satisfaction for me to come and win a race named after TJ Smith at a track I would probably consider my home track, because I spent my formative years as a strapper, both with TJ and Billy Mitchell.

“It’s really special, it brings back a lot of memories. It’s a great thrill.”

But the day was about Black Caviar. Like at her previous start in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, those who took the short odds had some brief anxious moments but they didn’t last long.

She only jumped moderately from barrier five, but mustered swiftly to settle in third spot just off Hay List and Crystal Lily.

They held their positions until straightening when Hay List burnt off Crystal Lily and opened a healthy lead.

Black Caviar ($1.14) still had four lengths to make up on Hay List at the 300m, but she quickly worked into top gear and had gobbled up her great rival by the 100m before pulling away for a comfortable 2-3/4-length win.

Hay List ($21) was a game second, five lengths in front of the outsider of the field, $151 shot Triple Honour, who got the nod over Alverta ($101) and Hinchinbrook ($51) in a close go for third.

The victory was Black Caviar’s fifth Group 1 win on end and the $600,000 first prize lifted her earnings to $3,209,250.

Nolen said she wasn’t as brilliant as what she was at home in Melbourne, but thought the performance augured well for her upcoming two-start Brisbane campaign.

“This way of going the first time under race circumstances, she didn’t tow up like she normally did, but it felt like a pretty quick speed so we just bided our time and kept out of trouble,” Nolen said. “I asked the supreme effort when we got the rise behind us and she done the rest.

“She’ll be open to a fair bit of improvement after that first experience this way so if she stays in one piece, look out Queensland.”

Black Caviar’s win capped out outstanding day for Victoria, which also supplied the winner of the other Group 1 in which it was represented – the $1.5 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m).

Gun filly Shamrocker again proved the bane of the boys, becoming the first filly since Research in 1989 to win the Derby.

The Danny O’Brien-trained star, who started at $5 after being well backed all week, added the 2400m Derby to last month’s Australian Guineas when she defeated Retrieve ($8) by 1-1/4 lengths with Black Caviar’s stablemate Anacheeva ($21) 3-1/4 lengths back in third.


Once Were Wild, one of the star mares catalogued for June’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, will head to the Sydney Cup after a brilliant all the way win in the Group Two Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick today.

In a bold front running performance Once Were Wild led her rivals a merry dance – holding a big lead throughout and importantly for connections a comprehensive margin at the post.

A winner of the Group One AJC Oaks at the track about 12 months ago, Once Were Wild sent her earnings soaring toward half a million dollars when she cruised home to beat Anudjawun and C’est La Guerre.

“It’s so lovely,” winning trainer Gai Waterhouse said after the race. “It’s almost a year to the day that she won a race – but that happened to be a Group One race.”

“Since then this mare has kind of been dormant – maybe it happens to we girls I don’t know – but really and truly she’s so special.”

“We rode her aggresively today. She’s taken an age to strike form and to really get fit. It was a joy to watch her.”

Waterhouse said it was onwards and upwards to the Group One Sydney Cup.

“She’s heading to the Cup and I’m off to the Cup as well,” she added.

Winning rider Nash Rawiller said it was nice to see the Johannesburg mare transfer her good track work to the racecourse in a Group Two feature.

“It’s been a bit frustrating,” Rawiller said. “I’d said to Singo (part owner John Singleton) that she’d been going well on the track – but we hadn’t got her into a race where things had suited her.”

“The other day the race might have been there for the taking – but she had the blinkers on and it just made her over race a bit.”

“Today that was the key with the blinkers off, back at home. I was very confident a long way from home.”

“That (the Sydney Cup) has been the main aim the whole way. She should be there, better again,” Rawiller summed up.

Once Were Wild has been a great moneyspinner for connections after being purchased by English based agent Amanda Skiffington for $50,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The Kulani Park (as agent) offering is one of two stakes performers and four winners for the 100 per cent winner producer Wildesong.

A multiple city winner in her own right by Unbridled’s Song, Wildesong is also the sam of the Malaysian stakes performer and four time winner Testa Key.

Wildesong is a half sister to the stakes performed 10 time winner Planagram.

Once Were Wild has been catalogued for June’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Also catalogued was today’s Group race runner-up Hidden Wonder.


Australian Derby Meeting – Saturday April 9

Race 1 – 7. Anise 9. Aubazine 1. Hot Snitzel

Race 2 – 7. Needs Further 3. Divorces 1. Kudakulari

Race 3 – 8. Older Than Time 14. Anudjawun 2. C’Est La Guerre

Race 4 – 2. Vision And Power 7. Mentality 4. Snow Alert

Race 5 – 7. Black Caviar 11. Crystal Lily 1. Hay List

Race 6 – 2. Helmet (SPECIAL) 4. Do You Think 8. Elite Falls

Race 7 – 1. Jimmy Choux 3. Retrieve 6. Domesky

Race 8 – 12. Flying Success (EACH-WAY SPECAL) 10. Lady’s Angel 1. Graceful Anna

Race 9 – 3. Placement 10. Kim Heaven 6. Rose Of Peace

Jimmy Trying For NZ Derby – Aus Derby Double

The quest for Jimmy Choux (NZ) to become the first New Zealand Derby winner to complete the $1.5m, Group 1, David Jones 150th AJC Australian Derby (2400m) double since Bonecrusher (NZ) in 1986, took another step in the right direction earlier today with the John Bary trained colt drawing barrier one.

Jimmy Choux is also going for his sixth successive group victory and a remarkable third successive Group 1 victory after winning the Flinders Lane Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill on March 26th, and the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 5th.

Autumn rain delivered 11mm to Randwick on Tuesday morning and a shower or two is predicted throughout the week, but Bary is not worried as his remarkable Thorn Park colt has won at the highest level on all types track conditions.

On Boxing Day Jimmy Choux won the Group 2 Northern Guineas over 1600m on a Good track in the smart time of 1.33.53, and then the versatile colt won the New Zealand Derby over 2400m by 2 lengths on a Heavy track going away from his opposition.

The barrier draw, before the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale commenced, had Jimmy Choux drawn as the last of the field of 14 with the number one barrier the only barrier not previously chosen by connections.

Bary was not concerned about starting against the rails with his confidence in his colt at an all time high.

“It does not worry me but I would have actually preferred to be out a little bit so that we could take a posse one out, and two or three back, but it is what it is, and we will just roll with the punches and it is up to Jonathon now to put him in the race where he wants him,” he said.

“I am really happy with him to be honest, and I actually thought he was a little bit better when I turned up on Sunday night than going into Rosehill. His work today was great and he was having a good play, and even a little buck going out to the tracks. We cannot fault him and there will be no excuses from our camp”.

Bary said that he does not have to give Jimmy Choux too much work between runs. “He is race fit, and has been most of the year, and it is just about getting him there. He will probably do another 600m on Thursday at this stage for his wind, but he is there and ready to go, and he is match fit,” he said.

TAB Sportsbet had the New Zealand galloper at $2.00 as favourite before the barrier draw, and he remains at $2.00 post draw. Darley’s Retrieve, with barrier 12, is the second favourite at $7.00 and the Melbourne filly Shamrocker (NZ), with barrier eight, is third favourite at $9.00.

Cedarberg Stuns Rivals In BMW

Cedarberg announced his arrival as a genuine spring Cups contender when he scored an easy win in today’s $2 million The BMW Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill.

A Western Australian bred son of VRC Derby winner Helenus, Cedarberg was sent out an healthy double figures odds despite an eye catching last start effort behind Shocking in the Australian Cup at Flemington.

Sent out at $26, Cedarberg cruised home to beat the bold front runner Mourayan by a length and a quarter.

Linton, the well fancied stablemate of the runner-up, was another neck back in third place, while the favourites, Caulfield Cup winner Descarado and Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday struggled into sixth and seventh place respectively.

While many were looking toward the outside of the field in the straight, Cedarberg was able to sneak up on the inside of runners, hit the front and then slide back off the fence to score well under Damien Oliver.

While the connections of a number of fancied runners were left scratching their heads, Mornington based horseman Pat Carey was all smiles in the winner’s stall.

“He is a nice staying horse and once he got to a mile and a half he identified himself as a pretty useful horse,” Carey said.

“He is still lightly raced and we got good encouragement out of the spring with what direction to go.”

“He’d be a nice horse for the Sydney Cup with 51 kilos on his back. He probably won’t go there.”

“Damien managed to shave the corner and still get in effective going, so all credit to Damien – he rode a very good race.”

Oliver, who was riding Cedarberg for the first time, has been a fan of the gelding for some time and thought he fitted the mould of another of his BMW winner, Blutigeroo.

“It was pretty leisurely through the middle stages, they had a good rest for three or four furlongs and they sort of bottled up a bit getting to the half mile but once they opened up he sprinted through really quick.”

“When you draw (barrier) two you don’t have a lot of options. He wasn’t too comfortable on the inside, but once they opened up he really too the bit and chased well.”

“He ran really well in some nice lead up races in the spring. He didn’t quite get to the Cups, but put the writing on the wall that he is going to be a Cups type horse and he really proved that today.”

A graduate of the 2008 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, Cedarberg is by former WA based Derby winner Helenus – a stallion now based in Victoria.

He is the sole winner to date for the unraced Spectrum mare Infrared – a half sister to stakes performers Comic Dame and Game Ginty.

Helenus is the sire of three stakes performed gallopers – all of them graduates of the Magic Millions salering in Perth.