Unbeaten boom 4YO mare Black Caviar (BEL ESPRIT) has been rated the world’s best sprinter by UK Racing Post following her 5.5-lengths annihilation of her rivals in last Saturday’s Gr2 Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in Melbourne.
Black Caviar was given a 129 rating by Racing Post, placing her just ahead of fellow Australian sprinter and boom WA 5YO gelding Hay List (STATUE OF LIBERTY) who is on 128 after his recent victories in the Gr2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
They are followed in the ratings (based on races run between 1000-1200m this year) by 6-time Gr1-winning Australian-bred 7YO gelding and last season’s Hong Kong Horse-Of-The-Year Sacred Kingdom on 127 and Australian-bred 4YO sprinter Starspangledbanner on 125.
Black Caviar (a $210,000 yearling at the 2008 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne) now boasts 7 wins (also including the Gr2 Schillaci Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield on October 9 and January’s Gr2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, plus 2009’s Gr2 Danehill Stakes over 1200m at Flemington, Listed Arrow Training Services Plate over 1200m at Moonee Valley and Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield) from 7 starts for $789,250 earnings. Racing Post commented on her latest victory: “The ease with which Black Caviar dispatched her rivals was unmistakable and the huge winning margin tells much of the story.”
Here’s the article from Racing Post on 25 October
Moonee played host to a spectacular performance on Cox Plate day, but it was not from So You Think who won the headline event, as expected, in cosy style.
No. The biggest performance of last week– and the sprinting year as a whole – came on the under card when Black Caviar destroyed a top class field to land the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes by an effortless five-and-a-half lengths.
The four-year-old filly posted an RPR of 129+ for her jaw-dropping success, which puts her top of the sprint division for 2010 and sets up the sprint match-up of the season against former leader Hay List in next month’s Patinack Classic.
Hay List had jumped to the head of the sprint standings after his victory in last month’s Manikato Stakes and he confirmed his lofty status by coasting home in easy style against a lesser field in the Gilgai Stakes last time, taking his career record to an impressive 12 from 14.
Well now he has competition and, though she has not yet scored in the top grade herself, Black Caviar has an enviable record of her own, being unbeaten in seven starts.
Her latest success was a fair step up on her previous form – although she does have a win over Newmarket Handicap winner Wanted to her name from last season.
Saturday’s card was strong for the grade, with dual-Group 1 winners Melito and Hot Danish in contention, along with True Persuasion (also by Bel Esprit) and Eagle Falls, who boast recent placed form behind Hay List.
On collateral form lines through those two the filly is way ahead of Hay List, although direct lines may be untrustworthy as both the Manikato and the Schweppes were small field affairs run round a turning track and neither pace was break-neck.
But the ease with which Black Caviar dispatched her rivals was unmistakable and the huge winning margin tells much of the story.
In the rest of the world there has been little to shout about in the sprinting ranks, other than the nice comeback from Sacred Kingdom in a Group 3 handicap at Sha Tin last month, and the sprint title looks set to be decided at Flemington in two weeks time when Hay List and Black Caviar put their fine records on the line.
Whoever wins, the Ascot management would do well to get either of them to turn up to the Royal meeting next year, as these two will be the hot tickets in the 2011 sprint division.
Even by Australian standards they look special.