Horse Betting: History lesson from Caviar
The undefeated Black Caviar has a Timeform rating of 136, making her the equal highest-rated filly or mare in Timeform history
Timeform's Gary Crispe expects champion sprinter Black Caviar to re-write the record books with a 20th consecutive win on an Australian metropolitan racetrack when she contests this afternoon's Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville.
If successful, Black Caviar will eclipse the current record held jointly by Desert Gold (1916) and Gloaming (1921).
They have each won nineteen consecutive races on metropolitan racetracks.
The undefeated Black Caviar has a Timeform rating of 136, making her the equal highest-rated filly or mare in Timeform history, alongside Habibti (a superlative British sprinter of the 1980s) and Allez France (the top French filly of the 1970s). Timeform ratings date back to the late 1940's so that is some achievement indeed for an Australian thoroughbred.
The closest rated horse in this afternoon's contest is 2011 Group 1 Goodwood winner Lone Rock on 115. That figure is some 21 pounds inferior to the great mare, which will be chasing her tenth Group 1 success, a victory that would see her three Group 1 wins behind former champion mare Sunline, which heads the tally table for mares on 13. The great Kingston Town on 14 has the most number of career Group 1 wins.
The following weight adjusted ratings show the theoretical beaten margins based on each runner performing to their best.
Black Caviar: Winner
Lone Rock: 6 lengths
Valentine Miss: 6.5 lengths
Sistine Angel: 6.6 lengths
Power Princess: 6.8 lengths
Just Sybil: 7.5 lengths
All Friared Up: 8.25 lengths
Spurific: 9.75 lengths
Shekinaar: 11.5 lengths
Tabulated: 13.25 lengths