Black Caviar’s Offspring: Oscietra
Black Caviar is the most famous racehorse of modern times in Australia, and possibly the entire world. The dark bay mare retired undefeated a few years ago with over 20 starts, and a large number of group one races including the Melbourne Cup in her basket.
Since then she has enjoyed life as a brood mare, having a number of foals. Her first foal to begin her racing career is due to debut at the end of 2016, on the same track and at the same race that her mum did all those years ago.
1000m At Flemington
At the end of the year is a 1000m race at Flemington racecourse for two-year-old fillies. It was here so many years ago that the mighty Black Caviar made her debut, and literally ran off with the competition, giving the world a taste of what was to come.
The race is relatively short, run only down the straight and is designed to give young fillies a taste of what a day out is like without putting too much strain on them. It’s also very popular with those who enjoy placing simple horse racing bets, as anything can happen. Black Caviar won the race on 2009 with jockey Luke Nolen, who fittingly will be riding baby caviar for the first time too. He has sat on her a few times to get the hang of her feel, and is pleased to note that there are many comparisons to her famous mother.
Oscietra was born in 2014 and is the first of Black caviar’s three foals to go to the races. She is by the very good sire Exceed and Excell, which is hopefully exactly what she will do. Of course to hold her up to her famous mother would be completely unfair, but everyone involved with her is holding their breath none the less.
She isn’t a very big horse, but Nolan says that she moves much bigger than she looks. Oscietra is still owned by Black Caviar’s owners, as are the two other foals. The owners say that selling them would be like parting with a member of the family, although their selling price at auction would likely be astronomical.
Oscietra has already been entered into the Golden Slipper despite her not having had any real race experience. The Golden Slipper has historically set a number of famous horses onto their paths of glory, including Oscietra’s mother.
Oscietra has had two jump outs already, which are basically little trial races to see how she does. Both of these have been over 800 metres, and both of which she has won. The last one she led all the way, simply flowing past the post with all the other fillies in tow.
Her entire ownership group are now biting their nails, as they don’t want to put too much pressure on the plain bay filly, but at the same time are excited to see where she is going to go. This horse is one to watch, and for avid bettors, keeping an eye on horses with good bloodlines is always key.