Undefeated Black Caviar easily handled three rivals to extend her win streak to 15 in the Schweppes Stakes (Aus-II) Oct. 22 at Moonee Valley.
The reigning Australian Horse of the Year and champion sprinter, Black Caviar was Moonee Valley’s main attraction despite racing on the Cox Plate (Aus-I) undercard. Bet down to $1.03 favoritism—the shortest price in Melbourne racing history—she did not disappoint her thousands of fans in attendance, winning the 1,200-meter race by six lengths in effortless style.
Owned by a syndicate managed by Neil Werrett, Black Caviar won the Schweppes for the second straight year. Her main competition was thought to be Scenic Blast, Australia’s champion sprinter and Horse of the Year in 2009, who was making his first start in 11 months and first in Australia since a five-race U.S. campaign in 2010.
Earlier in the week, stewards heeded concerns from Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody, making the unprecedented decision to move Here De Angels—a horse notorious for gate antics—one stall farther outside the champion mare, leaving a vacant stall between them. The race began uneventfully, however, with Black Caviar breaking cleanly from post 3 under regular rider Luke Nolen.
Doubtful Jack, a stablemate of Black Caviar, grabbed the lead out of the gate as the mare tracked him comfortably about a length behind. It was another length back to Scenic Blast and Here De Angels who raced together and completed the compact field.
Around the turn, she drew even with Doubtful Jack and then suddenly burst away, putting three lengths on the field entering the stretch. In a few strides the margin was six lengths, and Black Caviar had the race wrapped up.
Doubtful Jack held on for second over Here De Angels and Scenic Blast. Balavan was scratched.
The final time for the 1,200 meters was 1:10.13.
Black Caviar is pointing to make her next start in the Nov. 5 VRC Patinack Farm Classic (Aus-I) at Flemington, also a race she won last season.
A 5-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit, Black Caviar was bred in Victoria by Ric Jamieson.