Black Caviar took up where she left off 10 months ago, keeping her record at a perfect six for six when leading every step of the way in Saturday’s Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield and setting up a highly anticipated showdown with current sprint king Hay List in the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.
Luke Nolen took the hulking mare to the front shortly after the start and had the field off the bit around the home turn. She was throttled down by Nolen in the closing stages to defeat the game Sydneysider Winter King 1.25 lengths with the ever-consistent General Truce (Brief Truce), 2.25 lengths back in third.
Trainer Peter Moody sadi it was relief just to get the 4YO mare back to the track.
“She always had that soft muscle issue in her chest as a young horse and obviously she pulled a little bone away when she had a mild strain on her suspensory,” Moody said.
“She’s been going super at home but it is always sort of heart-in-mouth stuff.
“It is just lovely to see her back but the biggest thrill I will get is in the morning when she walks out of the box in one piece.”Five of the six wins by Black Caviar have been in stakes races while her earnings total $604,250.
Black Caviar is the first foal of the Desert Sun mare Helsinge, a half-sister to Group One winner Magnus and Group Two winner Wilander.
Helsinge has a yearling colt by Casino Prince and was covered by Redoute's Choice last year.
Black Caviar is one of ten stakes-winners for Eliza Park's hugely popular Bel Esprit (below).