Unbeaten champion Black Caviar has left track watchers gobsmacked after she smashed the clock in a jumpout at Caulfield.
Ridden by Luke Nolen, the five-year-old mare ran her last 200 metres of Tuesday morning’s 800-metre trial in a sizzling 10.22s, winning under a hold by six lengths.
Trainer Peter Moody said he was pleased with her action and that the gallop had cleaned her up to attempt her 14th win in a row in the Group Two Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 8.
“I am very pleased with where she is at,” Moody said.
The dual premier trainer said Black Caviar was more relaxed than ever and that if he had a regret it was that she would not get a chance to run beyond 1200 metres until the autumn.
“She is getting around the place like a mile (1600m) horse,” Moody said.
“She is more mature and more laid-back than last prep in everything she does.
“We’ve got to be very mindful of that and the fact we are only running her 1000 metres first-up, to be honest.
“I have been dying to get her to 1400 metres and a mile but that won’t happen until the autumn and maybe it is a little regret that it is not going to happen in the spring.”
Moody confirmed Black Caviar would contest the same races as last spring with the Group Two Schweppes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington her aims after the Schillaci.
He is also planning to target for the first time the Group One Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth on November 19.
Moody said Black Caviar’s campaign had so far gone to plan.
“She hasn’t had an issue,” Moody said. “She’s in good shape.”
He said her training program had been long and steady and that her fitness levels were spot-on.
“She has done a lot of work and has plenty of miles in her legs,” Moody said.
“She had three weeks here (at Caulfield) after a month of pre-training in Queensland, then three weeks on a water-walker and been back with us three weeks again.”
Star Sydney three-year-old Smart Missile finished behind Black Caviar in Tuesday’s trial but wasn’t asked to do anything after 400 metres.
Ridden by his new race day jockey Corey Brown, he trialled in winkers for the first time and will wear them next start in the Caulfield Guineas.
“He took three or four strides to get really mobile but I think the winkers are a big plus,” Brown said.
“A furlong (200m) after we jumped he came back underneath me really well but we only let him run 400 metres as he had obviously raced here (at Caulfield) last Saturday and had done enough.”
Brett Prebble replaced injured jockey Glen Boss on Smart Missile in Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes but trainer Anthony Cummings sacked him for being too negative on the colt who ran into traffic and finished 10th.