Five-year-old Black Caviar kept her undefeated record intact Nov. 5 with another easy victory, this time in the Patinack Farm Classic (Aus-I) at Flemington. It was her 16th win.
With regular rider Luke Nolen aboard, Black Caviar sat just off front-running Buffering in the 1,200-meter turf race, took over with about 300 meters to go, and drew away in hand to win by 2 3/4 lengths. The time for the $1 million (Australian funds) race, run on a straightaway, was 1:08.32 on a course rated good.
With excellent weather and a star attraction, Flemington again was packed with spectators. Media reports said the crowd, however, was almost reverently silent as she crossed the wire.
Black Caviar, owned by a syndicate managed by Neil Werrett, has earned $4,377,550 (Australian funds) and has won seven group I events. She is trained by Peter Moody.
According to the Australian Associated Press, Moody said he plans to race Black Caviar, by Bel Esprit, one more time this year at Perth. He plans to race the mare next year--at 1,400 meters early in the season, he said--and may take her to Great Britain after her races in Australia.
Black Caviar was bred in Victoria by Ric Jamieson.