The great thing about Black Caviar, Australia’s best horse and the world’s best sprinter, is that she needs neither luck nor serious strategy to win. She wins simply by being the obvious best out there every time she heads to the gate, which has been the case in each and every one of her 15 victorious starts.
Only three others were tempted to test the speedy brown mare in the Schweppes Stakes (AUS-II), which she also won last year. The only semi-serious threat was perceived to be 2009 Horse of the Year/Champion Sprinter Scenic Blast, who was returning to the turf for the first time in 11 months. Doubtful Jack, Black Caviar’s stablemate, appeared to be the pacesetter as he stormed to the front early with the mare hanging behind by a length, with Scenic Blast and Here De Angels bringing up the back.
Hitting the turn for home, Black Caviar sidled up to Doubtful Jack and took off running down the lane, her lead growing with an easy, effortless stride. Black Caviar crossed the wire in front by 6 lengths with Doubtful Jack holding strong for second over Here de Angels.
Her next, sixteenth start is defending her VRC Patinack Farm Classic (AUS-I) win on November 5, where she will hopefully continue making history.
I’m disappointed in myself for falling asleep so early last night (the broadcast for EST for the race would have been around 10:30pm Friday), but it looks as though Nelly doesn’t need my eyes watching to clinch a win. How far can she go? Let’s wait and see.