Sunday, March 27, 2011


This from Mark Smith of Breednet …

World champion Black Caviar threw a scare into her throng of supporters in Friday’s Group One William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley when she was made to work after being caught three wide, but it was quickly situation normal when Luke Nolen released the afterburners, keeping her record at a perfect 11 for 11.
Nolen was scrubbing the mare along before the turn, quickly gathering in Crystal Lily to win throttled down by 1.75 lengths with stablemate Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) a further 1.25 lengths back in third.
Trainer Peter Moody said he had no concerns during the run.
“He (Nolen) just probably had to wake her up on the night,” Moody said.
“She’s very relaxed and very laid back. She got the job done nicely I thought.
“Nothing worries her, nothing fazes her at all. What do you say? She’s just gone and done the job again, full credit to her, it’s hard to take credit for any part of it. She's just a machine.”
Nolen was kind to the mare in the closing stages: “There are other assignments for her. The only instruction I got tonight was ‘don’t hit her’.”
The daughter of Eliza Park’s Blue Diamond Stakes (G1) hero Bel Esprit took her earnings to over $2.6 million with her 11th consecutive win.
It was her fourth consecutive Group One success, which began with the Patinack Classic, then the Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicap.

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