Five across the track at Royal Ascot:(left to right) Sirius Prospect (Shane Kelly), the Aussie-bred Soul (by Commands) (Frankie Dettori), Black Caviar (Luke Nolen), Restiadargent (Maxime Guyon) and Moonlight Cloud (Thierry Jarnet)
She is tough. She is a real trier. She won her first 21 starts with consummate ease. Her stride is phenomenal - 12 strides per 100 metres compared to 15 by her rivals to cover the same distance. She is the undisputed undefeated sprint queen of the world and in the next few days a decision will be taken which may cement her unbeaten record forever into the history of the Australian turf.
Wherever she has raced the crowds have flocked. As soon as she bounds out of the gates the crowd roar builds. By halfway she is in control and the the noise builds to a crescendo. Only at Ascot was there a gasp as those racing behind her, closed the normally widening gap. But the legend remained intact as the Invincible Spirit filly Moonlight Cloud got close to her but the line came in time.
Black Caviar is a modern heroine, with massive followings on her Facebook and twitter pages. Trained by a Queensland bushy and ridden by a laid-back jockey, she is owned by a group of mates who came on the ride of a lifetime just for a bit of fun.
Free from the restrictions of quarantine unbeaten Aussie heroine Black Caviar is back at Peter Moody's Caulfield stables this week, where a number of vets and the chiropractor will have a good look at her to see if there has been any deterioration in the niggling injuries which she has battled over the last two years.
Managing owner Neil Werrett may well lean towards retiring Black Caviar with her great unbeaten cv, going out on her dramatic heartstopping success in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. If she is fit enough, Peter Moody would love to continue racing and the Patinack Farm Classic on Novenber 10 would be her probable target. No one involved with the great horse would want to see her race again with problems, which may see her end her career with an anticlimatic defeat in the Spring.
My view is that Black Caviar is better to bow out on a high, unbeaten in all 22 starts.
Looking at the other horses in the picture (left) the form subsequently was not strengthened when Sirius Prospect (orange cap - left) ran 6th in the July Cup behind Ortensia & beaten 11.5 lengths by the winner Mayson. Soul advertised the form however, winning the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.