|Tuesday, 15 May 2012
: Black Caviar will now showcase her ability on the world stage after the champion mare recorded the highest rated Goodwood victory of the past 20 years last Saturday in consummate ease.
| Black Caviar|
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Black Caviar will make the voyage to England early next month where a new wave of ambitious challengers await the champion mare in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stales at Royal Ascot on June 23.
The five-year-old is already a clear odds-on favourite for the prestigious event despite having yet left Australia although once again sounded a warning to her potential Royal Ascot rivals during last Saturday's Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.
In consummate ease, Black Caviar
notched up her 21st career victory as she cruised to a 1.3 length victory in Adelaide's feature sprint event of the year.
With no pace on whatsoever jockey Luke Nolen went to a slender lead during the run and the pair never looked in doubt as Black Caviar cruised to her 21st career success by 1.3 lengths.
Black Caviar's latest victory which she achieved under a tight hold yielded a Timeform
rating of 127.
This figure is nine pounds below her master figure of 136 achieved when winning the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington in February.
Looking specifically at the Goodwood's history, the strength of Black Caviar's victory where she wasn't tested in the slightest is further emphasised when looking at runners who previously recorded strong winning figures.
Super Elegant [120, 2004] and Keeper [121, 2001] are the only other winners of the Goodwood in the past 20 years who remotely came close to the 127 achieved by Black Caviar last Saturday.
Since Australian sprinters began to raid Royal Ascot starting with Choisir
in 2003, Diamond Jubilee winners have generally recorded Timeform ratings around the mid 120's.
The highest rated Golden Jubilee winner during that time was Starspangledbanner
who was fully extended when taking out the 2010 renewal with a performance assessed at 128.
That figure is equal to the first up effort of Black Caviar when she claimed the Robert Sangster Stakes and just a pound above the figure Australia's wonder mare posted last Saturday in effortless fashion.
After the Australian racing public have enjoyed the privilege of being trackside for Black Caviar's first 21 career wins, racegoers at Royal Ascot next month and then at Newmarket for the Group 1 July Cup are certainly in for a treat.
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