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Awesome Caviar sets record with 20th victory

Report: Australia, Saturday
Morphettville: Sportingbet Classic (Group 1)
6f, 2yo+ fillies and mares

SPRINT sensation Black Caviar (Peter Moody/Luke Nolen) set an Australasian city record of 20 consecutive wins with another imperious display in the Sportingbet Classic.

The unbeaten daughter of Bel Esprit travelled powerfully from herdraw in stall three, before sauntering clear of her nine rivals to maintain her unbeaten record.

Electric from the gate, Nolen had to ease Black Caviar back to get a lead from Just Sybil and Spurcific in the early stages, racing just off the rail in third position.

Rounding the home turn, Black Caviar had already pulled herself past the pace setters and into a clear lead. Powering further clear, Nolen only had to change his hands in the final furlong as Black Caviar extended her winning sequence.

Sistine Angel and Power Princess filled the places, although a major upset was never on the cards.

Following the win, trainer Peter Moody said: "Happy days, it was another tremendous display.

"She was in fabulous shape and it's great to see so many people here to support her. I was always happy where she was and never had too many worries.

"It's unbelievable how she copes with itall. Most sprinters get wound-up but she's so laid back and takes it all in her stride. She's a remarkable horse."

Returning from a ten week absence, Black Caviar was reported to be "a bit hairy" due to the change in the weather by her trainer but she had far too much quality for her rivals and now has her sights set on a trip to Europe for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23.

Black Caviar, who was recording a tenth win at Group 1 level, has the option of returning to Morphettville on May 12 for The Goodwood, should Moody decide she needs one more run before travelling to Britain.

Winning jockey Nolen said: "It's bloody awesome. There was a lot of people hereto see Black Caviar and she didn't let them down. I'm just lucky to be a part of it all."

Regarding her Royal Ascot assignment, Nolen added: "It's going to play to her strengths - she's a mare that appreciates a straight track. She's the queen of the sprinters here and hopefully she can prove she's the best worldwide.

"It's a long way from home but she's got a great constitution I'm sure she will handle the flights."

Black Caviar's 20th victory takes her one clear of New Zealanders Desert Gold (1915-17) and Gloaming (1919-21), who both recorded 19 consecutive victories at top-level tracks

However, both Miss Petty and Sava Jet won 22 on the spin at low-grade Queensland bush tracks.

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