Caviar stretches streak to 20

Black Caviar strolled to her 20th consecutive win in Adelaide on Saturday

Champion mare Black Caviar gave South Australian racegoers what they flocked to Morphettville to see when she registered a historic 20th consecutive win in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 Sportingbet Classic in Adelaide.

The Peter Moody-trained five-year-old maintained her unbeaten record when she made light work of a field of female rivals in front of a sell-out crowd of 30,000.

The daughter of Bel Esprit eclipsed an almost-century-old Australasian metropolitan record for consecutive wins, previously held by Gloaming and Desert Gold, and bettered the modern-day world mark for wins achieved from debut, set by Zenyatta and Peppers Pride earlier this millennium.

Black Caviar did it just as easily as she had at any of her previous 19 wins at her South Australian debut, but Moody was still relieved to see her notch the 20th success.

“It’s tremendous, isn’t it,” Moody said. “It’s great to get that (20th win) behind us. She had a nice gallop, it’s happy days.

“She hasn’t let us down yet. It’s just fabulous to see the people here enjoy today.”

The win was Black Caviar’s 10th at the highest level and the $254,600 first prize lifted her career earnings to $5,450,150.

Bar for uncustomarily beginning best, the Sportingbet Classic played out much the same way as most of Black Caviar’s races.

Regular partner Luke Nolen allowed her to settle just off the speed before taking control rounding the home bend and kicking clear early in the straight before being eased down over the concluding stages.

At the line the $1.05 favourite held a 4.5-length advantage over fellow Victorian Sistine Angel ($31), with Power Princess ($51) a half-head away third, just in advance of $17 second favourite Lone Rock.

Nolen, who often jokes he won’t return to scale if Black Caviar does one day get beaten, said it was fantastic that the big crowd got what they came to see.

“It feels bloody awesome,” Nolen said. “It was going to be too far to ride her home if she got beat, there’s a lot of people here to see Black Caviar, and she didn’t let anyone down.”

Black Caviar’s shot at equalling Queensland galloper’s Picnic In The Park’s mark of 21 straight wins is likely to also come in Adelaide, in the $500,000 Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) on 12 May.

That will be her final start before heading to England for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, where victory would see her equal the all-time record for an Australian thoroughbred of 22 straight wins, set by country Queensland horse Miss Petty between 1985-89.

Nolen had to settle for second placing in the other Group 1 event on the Morphettville card, denied by the Clarry Conners-trained Invest in the $400,000 Schweppes Australasian Oaks (2000m).

Nolen’s mount, the Mick Kent-trained Our Miss Jones, couldn’t reel in Invest, who capitalised on a crack Peter Mertens ride to register the second win of her 13-start career.

The victory marked a welcome return to the Group 1 winner’s stall for veteran Victorian hoop Mertens, whose previous elite-level success came aboard the Bart Cummings-trained Sirmione in the 2008 Australian Cup.

PIERRO TOASTED IN CHAMPANGE

All conquering juvenile Pierro confirmed his status as one of the greatest two-year-olds ever to have raced in Australia with a stunning win in today’s Group One Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

In winning the colt by Lonhro completed the juvenile triple crown having already this preparation captured both the Golden Slipper Stakes and ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Unbeaten in six starts, Pierro heads to the paddock having collected his earnings almost $3 million in a faultless season.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was again rolling out the superlatives as the outstanding colt streaked clear of his rivals again.

“Outstanding, absolutely outstanding,” the champion Hall of Famer beamed from the mounting enclosure.

“It is a privilege to see a horse as a good as him. Colts just don’t do what he’s done.”

“I have trained plenty of good two-year-olds and they rarely win races like this and the triple crown.”

“This horse is truly outstanding,” she added.

Regular rider Nash Rawiller likewise was beaming from the winner’s stall.

“He has just been a phenomenal ride,” the delighted hoop said. “He’s been arrogant today, there is no other word to describe it.”

“He is just a magnificent horse.”

“You can push the button on him then get him to come back under you at any stage of the race.”

“There was never a worry in the world – he was too good.”

“He has continued to raise the bar and it has been more than my dreams could have imagined – it’s been unbelievable.”

Pierro, whose six wins have all been at stakes level, was bred and sold by Darley for $115,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

He was purchased there by David Kobritz and then prepared by the Musk Creek Farm team for last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where he made $230,000 to the bid of Gai Waterhouse.

One of 32 classy stakes winners for Lonhro, Pierro is from the Sydney winning Daylami mare Miss Right Note.

Miss Right Note is a half sister to the Group One winner Laverock – a close relation to Pierro being a son of Octagonal – the sire of Lonhro.

UNBEATEN JEWEL SPARKLES IN ALL AGED

Atlantic Jewel became the first filly in 70 years to win the Group One All Aged Stakes at Randwick today as she extended her unbeaten run to seven.

On a day Australian champions Black Caviar and Pierro also extended their unbeaten streaks, Atlantic Jewel showed she was one of the country’s best with another feature win.

The filly showed her customary dazzling finishing burst to reel in the leader and second favourite Rain Affair to win in brilliant style.

While the winning margin wasn’t as great as many has expected, the performance was outstanding and her connection were rightly delighted with the win.

“I think she has put in a pretty good effort,” Kavanagh said.

“They ran pretty good time, she is on the improve and he is a tough fella that Rain Affair and he got a couple of cheap sections in there.”

“They don’t have to win by much do they!? Octagonal didn’t win by much, did he?”

“It was her first test at weight-for-age and first test against the boys and she has had to work – she knows how to win.”

Kavanagh said he was very excited about what the future might hold for Atlantic Jewel.

“I do (look forward to what lies ahead). I will be certainly making sure she is okay later on this afternoon and tomorrow.”

“She will go the paddock now and head toward the spring.”

“We will talk about (future plans) with the Coolmore boys tonight. We just want to make out the right campaign for her and put her in the right races but it (the Cox Plate) is definitely on the agenda.”

“She is special,” an emotional Kavanagh summed up the performance.

Michael Rodd was thrilled with the victory considering the way the race and run and Rain Affair was allowed to roll along in front with no pressure.

“It wasn’t ideal,” Rodd said. “With King Mufhasa coming out of the race, it took the donkey out the race that was going to drag me up to Rain Affair.”

“She began brilliantly so I was able to get her off the fence.”

“I tried not to let Rain Affair get too far ahead of me. I was having a bit each way letting her roll up, then letting her keep something in reserve.”

“It was a massive effort from her to do that – in all her other races she has had something drag her up.”

“Like everyone said during the week – this is her toughest test and she has come through it,” Rodd summed up.

A daughter of the all conquering Coolmore Stud based sire star Fastnet Rock, Atlantic Jewel was purchased by leading international bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne for $320,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

O’Byrne retained a share in the star filly and he races her in partnership with Susan Magnier’s Coolmore Syndicate, Michael Kirwan, Mathilde Texier, Laurie Macri and MV Magnier.

From the Zabeel mare Regard, Atlantic Jewel was bred by Greg Perry and sold through the draft of Vinery Stud at the Gold Coast.

The unbeaten sensation has earned over $920,000 and that figure looks set to skyrocket during the spring carnival.

Caviar to face nine rivals

Black Caviar heads to Adelaide on Saturday shooting for her 20th victory

South Australian racing is bracing itself for the biggest race day crowd of the modern era when Australia’s undefeated champion, Black Caviar shoots for her 20th consecutive victory at Morphettville on Saturday.

Black Caviar will contest the $400,000 Group 1 Sportingbet Classic (1200m) at the headquarters of racing in Adelaide and will only have nine rivals to overcome as she embarks on eclipsing the 19 win mark she shares with Desert Gold and Gloaming.

The champ will be trainer Peter Moody’s sole representative in the race after he resisted the temptation to run any stable mates to meet Black Caviar in the feature sprint despite also nominating Curtana, Kulgrinda and Mid Summer Music.

Black Caviar has drawn beautifully in barrier three in the field of ten which includes fellow Caulfield-trained mares Lone Rock (Robert Smerdon) and Sistine Angel (Andrew Noblet) along with Mark Kavanagh’s Valentine Miss and the Robbie Griffiths-trained Spurcific completing the Victorian contingent of challengers.

Local hopes include Just Sybil, trained by Brain Mueller from Strathalbyn and David Jolly’s Shekinaar while two horses have made the trip across the Nullarbor with Stan Bates (All Fraired Up) and Aquanita Racing’s Simon Miller (Power Princess) both travelling from Western Australia.

Of Black Caviar’s nine opponents on Saturday, only Lone Rock has competed in a race against the champion mare, finishing 4 ½ lengths from her in 5th place in the Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 18 February.

The Sportingbet Classic is race 7 on the program at 3.53pm (SA time).

The second feature Group 1 event at Morphettville on Saturday is the $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) for three-year-old fillies where a full field has been assembled.

Bart Cummings, who last won the race in 1994 with Tristalove, has accepted with Kewney Stakes winner Empress Rock.

Empress Rock has drawn barrier nine in the field of 16 (plus four emergencies) and will again be ridden by regular rider, Steven Arnold.

Among the other key runners in the 31st running of the Oaks are the Leon Corstens-trained Rahveel (barrier 15) and the three Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained fillies Secret Liaison (11), Sharnee Rose (7) and Spelldancer (19).

Anthony Freedman, currently 3rd in the Victorian metropolitan trainer’s premiership, has last start winner Crucial engaged and has drawn barrier 10 with Vlad Duric aboard.

Freedman is aiming to add to the honour roll of Freedman trained winners of the Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) with brother Lee winning the race on four occasions including his first ever group 1 success with Miss Clipper in 1984.

Temple Of Boom Wins Galaxy

Temple of Boom provided his connections with a memorable success at racing’s elite level when he sprinted away with today’s Group One Galaxy Handicap (1100m) at Randwick.

The win was the first at Group One level for trainer Tony Gollan and the first in Australia for gun kiwi hoop James McDonald.

A $40,000 purchase for Gollan from the Eureka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Temple of Boom sent his earnings soaring over $1 million with his biggest win to date.

“It’s unbelievable at the moment, I’m pretty speechless,” a delighted Gollan said in the moments after the race.

“We had him a little soft a couple of weeks ago. But we stuck to our plan and the track dried out and that’s the way it went.”

“He rode him great today – rode him closer and the horse has done the job like he’s done so many times.”

“The instructions are very easy. I don’t have to tell him anything – it takes a hell of a lot of pressure off me.”

“This is as good as it gets,” Gollan added.

Gollan is currently planning to move his base from Toowoomba to Eagle Farm and he’s been busily buying at recent Magic Millions sales, particularly on the Gold Coast.

“We are trying to better our stable and this horse is our flag bearer. We couldn’t have asked for a better horse to get us on our journey.”

The win was the fourth on the day for New Zealand’s record breaking rider James McDonald.

“I’ve only ever been beaten on his horse once,” McDonald said. “He’s a fantastic horse to me.”

“I just can’t believe I’ve won a Group One race in Sydney.”

“It’s a place I’ve always wanted to ride and what a day it’s been!”

“He (Gollan) is a fantastic bloke and the whole team around him has done a fantastic job with the horse and to peak him for the Galaxy today was awesome.”

“I thought he might have got to the front too soon today. He started to float around a little bit but he was just too good – and with 57 on his back it was a great effort,” McDonald added.

A winner of 10 of his 29 starts, Temple of Boom is one of two stakes winners, from three to race, for Temple Spirit.

An eight time winning and stakes performer by Special Dane, Temple Spirit is also the dam of the $700,000 earner and recent Magic Millions Cup winner Spirit of Boom.

Combined the pair have cost Gollan and their connections $130,000 and earned a staggering and always increasing $1,788,145 in prizemoney.