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Eric Shackle Writes: Ten Out Of Ten For Black Caviar

Eric Shackle introduces us to Black Caviar, a race horse which could become the best sprinter the world has ever seen.

Watch her race right here!

When a thoroughbred racehorse wins three races from three starts,it's something special. When she wins 10 races from 10 starts, that's Black Caviar.

She's one of the world's fastest sprinters. and the
darling of Australian racegoers. The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (WTRR) in Paris, named her World Champion Sprinter in 2010.

You can watch her winning the Newmarket Handicap by four lengths in Melbourne on March 12 by clicking on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjuMo8cuM9k

"Sensational mare Black Caviar again treated her rivals with contempt in today's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington," Bill Saunders wrote in the Virtual Form Guide.

Second behind Crystal Lily early in the race, Black Caviar cruised to the lead at the 600 metre mark without rider Luke Nolen moving. When he let her down shortly after, the big black mare shot several lengths in front seemingly effortlessly.

"We travelled just over halfway well on the bridle then I just let her slide up,"Nolen said.

Nolen didn't seem to know whether to ride her right out of ease her back, even pulling the whip momentarily for what seemed like unnecessary encouragement.

"I went full bore just thinking with the 58 (kilos) and with a couple of others in it (it might be harder)....

"She's every jockey's dream."

Blach Caviar is owned bu a syndicate of five Sydney and Melbourne families who for more than 10 years have gathered at Echuca, on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, for an annual waterski holiday.

They decided they would like to own a racehorse, and asked Caulfield trainer Peter Moody to select one for them.

Moody later tried to phone businessman Neil Werrett.

''Peter rang and missed Neil but I took the call and he explained that he'd found a filly that would suit our needs,'' Gary Wilkie recalled this week.

''And I can still remember how really upbeat he was about a yearling by Bel Esprit that was being offered at the Melbourne sales I could tell from Peter's voice that he was pretty keen on this filly.''

Moody said: ''Honestly, she was a cracking yearling. She just grabbed me the moment I saw her and I identified in her everything you want for a racehorse of the future.

''I was aware that $210,000 was a lot to pay but she was related to Magnus who I trained and at the time of the sale was going so well so this really balanced it up.''

Hours later and the water-skiing families had bought themselves a well-grown filly, Black Caviar.

FOOTNOTE. Expat Australian racegoer J. Brunt, living in Thailand, posted the race broadcast as a video with this comment:

"This race horse is the best sprinter that has ever been in the world. In my opinion there will not be another horse that comes near her."

Perhaps time will prove him right.

Go, Black Caviar!


World wants taste of our Black Caviar but $5m is not enough: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/superracing/world-wants-taste-of-our-black-caviar-but-5m-is-not-enough/story-fn67siys-1226020709088


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