Amidst the hoopla and fanfare surrounding the performances last Saturday of So You Think, Anacheeva and More Joyous, the return to action by Black Caviar was overshadowed somewhat.
The four-year-old daughter of BEL ESPRIT has had her training issues but she showed on Saturday that, if there is a horse to threaten Hay List at all over the Spring Carnival, she is it.
Making her first start since January 22, Black Caviar was always in control of the Schillaci Stakes (Gr 2). On a track officially rated a Good (3), Black Caviar held the inside rail and drove through to be just off the early pace set by Tully Dreamer before smoothly changing up through the gears to come away over the last half of the 1000m sprint.
Black Caviar came home her last 600m in 32.75 and then coasted home a final 400m in 22.04 and a final 200m in 11.43 to stop the clock at 56.67 overall.
- Darryl Sherer (ANZ Bloodstock News, 13 October)