I rarely go to the races for that reason, and I’ve never been inclined to bet on four-legged creatures.
Like just about everyone else in Australia though, I’ve taken some interest in the mighty mare, Black Caviar, which today won her 20th consecutive race, making her arguably the best sprinter in the world.
Black Caviar is trained by leading Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody, and has been ridden by Luke Nolen in all her starts apart from her first two runs and one other.
A sell-out crowd of 30,000 people packed into Morphettville, Adelaide, to witness the occasion. I wasn’t among them, but I’m impressed and proud that an Australian horse has achieved this record and done so in Adelaide.
According to the ABC:
Trainer Peter Moody expected her to derive plenty of improvement from Saturday’s run as she heads toward The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville in a fortnight. That will be her final appearance in Australia before heading to England to contest the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
I like this: “While many race fans bet a mere dollar on Black Caviar and keep the winning ticket as a souvenir, one punter on Friday placed $100,000 on her at $1.04 — a $4000 profit from her 70 seconds’ work.”
I didn’t have a punt, but I’ll follow Black Caviar’s overseas progress with interest.
Here is Gerard Whateley’s call of Black Caviar’s historic 20th consecutive Australasian win in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in South Australia: