It’s highly unlikely that anyone left Morphettville on Saturday feeling that they hadn’t got their money’s worth, but much conjecture has been played out in regards to the winning margin.
Trainer, Peter Moody, who has rewritten the definition for ‘cool under pressure’, was quick to nip off any suggestions that the mighty mare was off her game by stating: “The naysayers will be pointing out, ‘she only beat We’re Gonna Rock by a length and a quarter’, but no one has ever given us any more (money) for winning by big spaces. It’s never been about margins. It’s just great to get another win on the board.”
Just for the record though, in her 21 outings, Black Caviar has faced 149 opponents with a combined winning margin of 70 lengths. The largest ‘space’ to date has been six panels, meted out at her second start in the Blue Sapphire Stakes-LR at Caulfield and again in the Schweppes-G2 at Moonee Valley in October of last year.
But who has finished closest to the monster mare? That would be Eliza Park’s very own, Wanted (below), who ran her to 0.8 lengths in the Group Two Danehill Stakes at Flemington on 5 September 2009 before the son of Fastnet Rock went on to take out the Group One Newmarket Handicap in the summer.
Wanted in living testimony that you can look good AND run good and has a bunch of weanlings heading north for the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale at the end of the month. And if they run as good as they look ...