x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Black Caviar's nine on the trot

Melbourne victory strengthens possibility that she would compete at Meydan Racecourse on March 31 in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins the Coolmore Lightning Stakes.
Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins the Coolmore Lightning Stakes.

Black Caviar picked up her ninth consecutive Group 1 race when winning the Lightning Stakes for the second time at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse.

Peter Moody, the trainer, ruled out another run in Australia, strengthening the possibility that the winner of the first race of this year's Global Sprint Challenge would compete at Dubai World Cup night in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, the third leg of the international sprint series.

It was not the send-off that the Australian racing public had expected, however, as the world's best sprinter was given a rare examination at the hands of Hay List, who finished a length and three-quarters adrift. Buffering was third.

Black Caviar had last week proved her ability to last home 1,400 metres in the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield, but back at 1,000m she showed she had lost none of her dash. She broke the 10-second barrier for 200m midway through the race, which saw her pull into the lead.

Hay List put up a gallant effort to cut back the deficit with 200m to go, but Black Caviar held on with her 2kg allowance, completing the final 600m in 31.82 seconds under the jockey Luke Nolen.

Said Moody: "She's an equine freak."

The win took the mare's earnings past the $A5 million (Dh19.7m) mark. She will be competing for a purse of $US2m (Dh7.3m) when she arrives in the UAE.

On the same card, Helmet, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was not a threat behind That's The One, on his seasonal debut, in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes.

The three-time Group 1 winner is set to join Godolphin for a tilt at the UAE Derby but finished fifth over seven furlongs and is unlikely to make his intended target of the Australian Guineas.