Black Caviar made it seventeen from seventeen with an easy victory in her latest start at Moonee Valley this morning. The mare never looked in danger as she eased home under a motionless Luke Nolen.
Racegoers in the packed stands cheering loudly as the Peter Moody-trained mare, ranked second in the world behind only Frankel,paraded before the race. Although sent to post a 1/25 favourite and facing modest opposition,the mare could not have been more impressive.
Moody said: “It’s probably the fittest I’ve had her first time up and it’s great to see her back. She’s been pleasing us at home and it was great to see her do that.
“You could use the word unextended but she’s done it in a good time and we’ll go to Caulfield [on February 11 – the CF Orr Stakes] next. We’ll take it one race at a time but we’ll have a meeting next Friday and discuss what everyone is feeling after digesting that.”
Royal Ascot remains a likely destination later this season and a run on Dubai World Cup night has also been mentioned. Moody added:
“Hopefully it’s the start of a wonderful six months. “It’s wonderful to see her back in great shape. She’s just terrific for our sport, and it’s great for our industry. This filly puts us [racing] on the front page for the right reasons.”
Nolen said: “This wasn’t the strongest opposition she’s met, but she relaxed nicely off an even speed. I’m not going to say she was better than she was, but she wouldn’t have to improve.”