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Black Caviar stretches winning run to 24 with William Reid Stakes stroll

The Australian wonder mare, Black Caviar, maintained her spectacular unbeaten run with victory in today’s William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, her 24th straight success.

The Peter Moody-trained sevcen-year-old travelled with her customary ease through the early stages of the six furlong contest, before putting the race to bed as she entered the home straight, coming home a dominant four lengths clear of her rivals, led by her stablemate Karuta Queen, and in the process equalled the Australian record of 14 Group One wins, set by the legendary Kingston Town.

Moody was unsurprisingly thrilled by her performance, and said it was “scary how well she was going”, and the good news for British race fans is a return to this summer’s Royal Ascot is very much under discussion, with co-owner Neil Werrett saying that he was personally in favour of coming back, and that it would be a great thing for racing.

Ascot was the scene of her narrowest triumph to date, when, clearly below par, she held on by just a head to defeat Moonlight Cloud in the Golden Jubilee Stakes last June, but that experience appears not to have had a lasting effect on the mare, as she has looked as good as ever in her two starts back home, and there seems to be a growing belief that connections would like her to make the trip back to the UK and enable her to show her very best form, more likely over the five furlong of the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day of the Royal meeting.

With Frankel plying his trade at stud, Black Caviar would undoubtedly be the star attraction at Ascot this summer, and in this Ashes year, she would be one Aussie sporting star British fans would be delighted to applaud.