Caviar nears Terror streak

Black Caviar and jockey Luke Nolen winning this year’s Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. (Inset) Former champion Toowoomba galloper Bernborough.
Black Caviar and jockey Luke Nolen winning this year’s Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. (Inset) Former champion Toowoomba galloper Bernborough. GETTY IMAGES

ANOTHER victory and further comparisons to the great horses of the Australian turf looks to await Black Caviar at Doomben on Saturday.

The Melbourne sprinter has captured the imagination of the nation’s racing and sporting public with her dazzling performances to notch 12 consecutive wins on Melbourne and Sydney tracks.

This week the four-year-old makes her Queensland debut for trainer Peter Moody in the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) where she will start a long odds-on favourite to maintain her undefeated record in front of a capacity crowd.

If winter plans go as expected for Black Caviar, she will also line up in the Group One Doomben 10,000 (1350m) two weeks later.

Black Caviar was rated the world’s top thoroughbred for the first quarter of 2011 by Timeform and possible back-to-back Doomben wins this month will inevitably pitchfork her into Australia’s “best ever” category.

That elite club includes Carbine, Phar Lap, Kingstown Town, Tulloch and the “Toowoomba Terror” Bernborough.

Two more successive wins to Black Caviar will put her within one victory of Bernborough’s legendary 15-race winning streak.

Bernborough began his feat as a six-year-old when he moved to Sydney.

His victories included the Newmarket Handicap (1200m), carrying 63kg, and the Doomben Cup (2000m) with 68kg.

But any comparisons between Bernborough and Black Caviar should end at their phenomenal winning sequences, according to a man who has seen both in action.

Renowned Australian thoroughbred authority and breeder Colin McAlpine, from Cambooya’s Eureka Stud, followed Bernborough’s career after watching him as a boy race at Clifford Park.

McAlpine has also witnessed first hand some of Black Caviar’s Melbourne wins.

“Bernborough was an extraordinary horse, McAlpine said.

“And there is no doubt this mare is an exceptional sprinter.

“But how they compare is something I can’t tell you.

“You could start making comparisons if Black Caviar could win up to 2000 metres like Bernborough was able to.

“Who knows, she may still do it and that would be unbelievable. Only then you could compare their records, but it is something we will probably never know.”

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