Black Caviar strolling to an easy success at Caulfield on SaturdayPICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caviar takes winning streak to 14
Report: Australia, Saturday
Caulfield: Schillaci Stakes (Group 2) 5f, turf, 3yo+
THE superlative Black Caviar (Peter Moody/Luke Nolen) matched the legendary PharLap on Saturday when she extended her unbeaten winning streak to 14 on her seasonal debut at Caulfield in Melbourne.
Now a five-year-old, the mare known as 'Miss Invincible' never looked in any semblance of danger in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes.
Sent off a 1-14 shot on her first outing since May, Black Caviar raced in fourth place about four lengths off the speedy Karuta Queen before easily making up the ground to move upsides as they turned for home and then sauntering clear to win as she liked. The official margin was 4¼ lengths.
"I'm relieved," admitted trainer Peter Moody, who has earmarked Royal Ascot as Black Caviar's ultimate target for the 2011-12 campaign.
"It's been a build-up like no other and there is always the fear that something can go wrong," added the trainer.
"I think she is a fully matured horse - she has developed into an imposing horse and maybe the world is her oyster this racing season. It's just great to see her back doing what I believe she genuinely enjoys doing and putting on a show for the crowd. She's an unbelievable athlete."
Jockey Luke Nolen added: "I've got a good idea how good she is and long may it continue.
"Obviously class will take you a long way but what separates a great horse from a very, very good horse is that she is so relaxed with that class," he added.
The 14-win mark is imbued with sentimental significance in Australian racing circles because it equals the sequence achieved by Phar Lap in 1931 - although he was not unbeaten.
The Australasian record is 19 consecutive victories held jointly by Desert Gold and Gloaming. Ajax won 18 in a row - only to be beaten at 1-40 in what is now the Ranvet Stakes in 1939.
Neville Layt, trainer of runner-up Karuta Queen, was amazed at what he had seen.
"I'm just very, very proud to have run second to her," said Layt. "I didn't think we had a hope in the world of beating her, but I didn't think she'd go past us so soon - or so fast."