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THE GOODWOOD (Group 1)
Morphettville, Turf, 1200m
12 May 2012
Black Caviar (AUS) (Bel Esprit - Helsinge by Desert Sun) did not disappoint the crowd of 30,000 at Morphettville Saturday, winning The Goodwood (Gr1) over 1200m unextended, taking her undefeated wins tally to 21. The Champion will now head to England where she is likely to line up in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Gr1) over 6 furlongs at Royal Ascot on 23 June.
We’re Gonna Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock) finished second, beaten a length and a half with jockey Luke Nolan easing Black Caviar to the line after taking the early lead. Stirling Grove (AUS) (Mossman) finished a further three lengths back in third.
The margin of her victory did not concern either her jockey or trainer Peter Moody, with Nolan saying afterwards: “She was never out of second gear. I’m not a punter. I don’t worry about margins. As long as she bloody wins I don’t care.”
Nolen said Black Caviar had not been at the top of her game when she looked slightly awkward winning the Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr1) over 1200m two weeks ago. “The other day she wasn’t the same horse but today she was back to the machine she is,” he said.
Moody was happy with her performance and said: “Luke looked after her. He was kind and we’re happy where we’re at. No-one’s ever given us any more for winning by big spaces. As long as she pleases us the next three weeks we’re on the plane to England.”
The roar from the sellout crowd at Morphettville was deafening as Black Caviar came out of the gate and it only got louder as it became clear that the mare would not be beaten. A normal attendance at Morphettville on Goodwood Day would be around 5,000.
Black Caviar has now won all 21 of her career starts, with 11 of them being at the highest level, and earnings totaling AUS$5,771,050.
Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News