Click above to watch Black Caviar winning the C.F. Orr Stakes (G1)
(Image : Daily Telegraph - Footage : Caulfield Racing)
SPORTINGBET C. F. ORR STAKES (Group 1)
Caulfield, Turf, 1400m
11 February 2012
As Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit (Aus) - Helsinge (Aus)) took her 18th straight win when cantering under the wire in Saturday’s G1 C. F. Orr Stakes, race commetator Greg Miles called her “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Who’s to argue, really? The world’s top-rated horse was trying 1400 meters for the first time in front of a packed house, and trainer Peter Moody theorized that the 5-year-old could be even better at this slightly longer trip and maybe beyond.
She did little to prove him wrong, switching off for the first 4 1/2 furlongs before cruising effortlessly to the pacesetters and streaking clear to the roar of the crowd. Southern Speed (Aus) (Southern Image), last year’s G1 Caulfield Cup victress, was second best.
Black Caviar won the race with a blistering :10.64 sectional from the 400-meter mark to the furlong pole.
“What can you say, it’s just unbelievable, it’s mind-boggling”, said Moody. “I know people doubt the opposition, but they’re good horses, there’s a Caulfield Cup winner who looked outstanding three weeks ago and what she does to good horses is beyond belief, it’s unbelievable. You’d hate to disappoint 20,000 to 30,000 thousand people who have turned up, I’m just rapt.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News