Black Caviar achieves perfect 20/20 run
Australian mare Black Caviar wrote yet another chapter in racing's record book on Saturday, this time landing the Robert Sangster Stakes and an Australian-best 20th consecutive victory.
For weeks the southern city of Adelaide had been abuzz with anticipation of the great mare's appearance and she failed to disappoint the sell-out crowd of 30,000 packed into Morphettville.
The ease at which Black Caviar trounces her rivals has astounded race fans, and on Saturday she produced little more than a track gallop to defeat Sistine Angel and Lone Rock by four lengths.
Twenty victories surpasses the Australian record for consecutive metropolitan wins set by Desert Gold and Gloaming early last century.
It also breaks the modern-day mark set by US wonder mare Zenyatta in 2010.
To see Black Caviar achieve the feat on Australian soil is especially satisfying for her connections as they dream of showcasing her to the world in the coming months.
The Group One Sangster was the first of two scheduled Adelaide appearances for Black Caviar following a 10-week absence after her Lightning Stakes triumph.
Trainer Peter Moody expected her to derive plenty of improvement from Saturday's run as she heads toward The Goodwood (1,200m) at Morphettville in a fortnight.
That will be her final appearance in Australia before heading to England to contest the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1,200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
While many race fans bet a mere dollar on Black Caviar and keep the winning ticket as a souvenir, one punter on Friday placed $100,000 on her at $1.04 - a $4,000 profit from her 70 seconds' work.
The Sangster was the third win on the card for Moody and jockey Luke Nolen.
They earlier combined to win the Benchmark 68+ with Cosmic Causeway and then the Group Two Queen Of The South Stakes with So Pristine.
There was a second Group One on the Morphettville card, the Australasian Oaks (2,000m), which was won by the Clarry Conners-trained Invest.
Peter Mertens pinched runs through the field in the straight to prevail narrowly from Our Miss Jones and Essence, who led the field turning for home.
Our Miss Jones was unlucky in defeat as she was positioned midfield before the corner but was dragged back through the field before getting clear down the outside.
The favourite Empress Rock again disappointed after having a cosy run behind the leaders and only battling in the straight.