Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nation Toasts Caviar Again

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nation Toasts Caviar Again

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Brett Kitching

BLACK Caviar, the racehorse who has single-handedly revived national racing interest in areas where there was no interest previously, was at her best in Sydney last Saturday.

Royal Randwick was sold out for the champCOs visit for the TJ Smith Stakes to see consecutive win number 25, as Black Caviar continued her previously unheard of undefeated streak.

Rival jockeys gave rider Luke Nolen no favours and despite some early buffeting, Black Caviar was again far too good.

A soldout Randwick prior to race day, a large C[pounds sterling]Sydney Loves Black CaviarC[yen] flag flying over the Sydney Harbour, and pubs and clubs around Australia full to the brim watching and willing another win by Black Caviar are all signs of the interest in racing that has been created by the record-breaking mare.

SaturdayCOs win was the champCOs 15th Group 1 which overhauled the record of 14 Group 1 wins by the mighty galloper of the late 1970s and early 1980s Co Kingston Town.

Ironically, it was the TJ Smith Stakes on Saturday where the record of C[pounds sterling]The KingC[yen] was beaten.

The now departed TJ Smith was the champion trainer of Sydney for decades. He is the father of Gai Waterhouse, and was the trainer of Kingston Town who was able to win 30 races from 41 starts.

Kingston Town won from 1200 metres to 3200 metres and all distances in between, including three consecutive Cox Plates to prove his exceptional ability.

Overtaking his record of Group 1 wins which has stood for 30 years is yet another piece of evidence supporting the greatness of Black Caviar.

The big question with Black Caviar is where to now?

Trainer Peter Moody believes his star is racing better than ever and he and connections are considering continuing her racing career beyond the current season.

The owners are apparently keen to visit Royal Ascot again after which a possible mating with world champion Frankel would deliver a match made in thoroughbred heaven.

There is a possibility that this England visit may occur in 2014, in which case there would be three immediate options Co spell Black Caviar to prepare for a spring campaign, race on at the Brisbane Winter Carnival as in 2011, or race on in Adelaide as in 2012. …

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