Black Caviar joins the King
Black Caviar equalled the record for the most Group One victories in Australia in the Hacer Group William Reid Stakes on Friday night.
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The presence of Peter Moody's brilliant mare had seen Moonee Valley put up the 'sold out' signs long before the day in question and she didn't disappoint her legion of fans with a ready success in the six furlong contest.
It was a remarkable 24th straight win for the seven year old and saw her equal the top flight record held by Kingston Town.
Malcolm Johnston, who rode Kingston Town in nearly all of his starts, told www.racingvictoria.net.au: "I think there could not be a better horse to be alongside Kingston Town than Black Caviar.
"I've seen her in the flesh five times and every time I see her she makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Honestly, I get so excited when she runs and not many horses have done that for me.
"Since him (Kingston Town), she's the only one that's really done that. I've seen some bloody good horse between Kingston Town and Black Caviar, some champions, but they haven't made the hair on my neck stand up like this mare has."
For the record, Black Caviar was chased home by stablemate Karuta Queen and Faukner but Luke Nolen had barely had to move a muscle aboard the brilliant mare.
Moody simply said: ''I am lost for words. What do you say (with a performance like that). 'There's not many that can sit down and sprint when she says go,'' declared the Queenslander to www.theage.com.au.
Moody admitted that he thinks the great horse is going as well now as ever, her woes from the Royal Ascot expedition last year now well behind her.
''I've thought that for a while and she's proved me right twice now. It was just great to see the people out here and to see her put on a wonderful show.
''It's not about the wins, it's about the great publicity she gives to sport in general and our industry.''
The daughter of Bel Esprit will head to Sydney for her next assignment in the group one T. J. Smith Stakes, where she could meet her old adversary Hay List, back in action after a long lay-off.
And after that, said Moody, anything was possible.
When asked if she might return to action during the carnival next spring, Moody held out the tantalising prospect of another farewell Victorian appearance.
''You never say never ... let's enjoy tonight, look to the TJ and worry about the spring when it comes around.''