Queen equals The King

The Queen equalled Kingston Town’s Australian record of 14 Group 1 victories in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

A capacity crowd packed into the course to catch a glimpse of The Queen – better known as Black Caviar – extend her blemish-free record to 24 wins from 24 starts.  She cantered over the line four lengths clear of placegetters Karuta Queen and Fawkner while salmon and black streamers showered the capacity crowd.

Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) looked in career-best condition heading to the start and, when the gates opened, jockey Luke Nolen let her sit outside stablemate Karuta Queen before shaking the reins coming into the straight.

The wonder mare scooted away with consummate ease to send her prizemoney soaring past $7.35 million.  “She’s going super, it’s scary,” trainer Peter Moody said.  “I thought she was going as good as ever and I’m glad she’s proving me right.  The only thing that will stop her running will be wet tracks.”

Sydney racegoers will be hoping for clear skies over the next few weeks prior to her next assignment in the G1 ATC T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 13,.

All eyes are expected to be on Black Caviar’s yearling half-brother earlier that week when he steps into the Inglis Newmarket sale ring as Lot 131 at the Easter Yearling Sale on Tuesday, April 9.  The Redoute’s Choice colt will be offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds on behalf of Gilgai Farm.

After the T J Smith, there’s the prospect of stepping up to the All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 27 where she would clash with younger half-brother All Too Hard and Sydney’s champ More Joyous.