Black Caviar remained undefeated by collecting her 18th victory in the group I Sportingbet CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield in Australia Feb. 11. It was the mare’s eighth group one win.
With Luke Nolen riding, Black Caviar won by 3 1/4 lengths and completed the 1,400-meter turf race (about seven furlongs) in 1:25.14 on a course rated dead. Southern Speed and Playing God, both group one winners, finished second and third, respectively.
Trainer Peter Moody said it’s possible the 5-year-old mare could race Feb. 18 in the Lightning Stakes at 1,000 meters, and again the following week in the 1,400-meter Futurity Stakes. Both are group one events.
“On the ease of that win, I’m probably going to have to do more work with her next Saturday morning to have her ready for the Futurity than she did here this afternoon,” Moody told Australian news services. “If she comes through this great, there is a chance you will see her again in seven days.”
Moody would like to see Black Caviar equal the modern-day Australasian record of 19 consecutive victories, and then set a new one at 20. Plans call for the mare to travel to Great Britain in June to compete at Royal Ascot.
Black Caviar, by Bel Esprit, is owned by a syndicate managed by Neil Werrett. She was bred in Victoria by Ric Jamieson.
“I am very proud of her, and it’s a very humbling experience to be part of Black Caviar,” Gary Wilkie, a member of the ownership syndicate, said after the Caulfield race. "I’m just in awe of what she does, it’s just extraordinary.”