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The mighty mare is about to equal the revered big-race records of Hall of Famers Kingston Town and Bernborough. Kingston Town's 14 majors record has remained unmatched for more than 30 years while Bernborough's feat of winning seven consecutive Group 1 races has stood since Black Caviar can equal those records with a win in the William Reid Stakes.

She seems to be rewriting racing history with every start now.

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Her opponents can't keep up with the world's best sprinter and trainer Peter Moody is losing touch, too. Arguably the most versatile champion to race here in the past four decades, Kingston Town had explosive acceleration and the rare ability to sprint and stay, which helped him to win an unprecedented hat-trick of Cox Plates and feature races from m to m - sometimes in one preparation. Johnston said Kingston Town's ability to race at the top level over all distances set him apart from other great gallopers but he defended Black Caviar's record of never having raced beyond m.

Just like Usain Bolt will never run a marathon because of his magnificent sprinting ability - he's the only person to win the mm double in successive Olympics - Black Caviar has extraordinary, natural speed so Moody has concentrated on exploiting her greatest asset.

Even criticism that Black Caviar often races inferior opposition should not be held against her, according to Johnston. Look at Hay List.

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In any other era he'd be recognised as a superstar and he is a terrific horse but he's run second to Black Caviar four times - she beats him comfortably every time. In the history of Australian racing, it is acknowledged only Bernborough has a longer major race winning streak, recording seven successive wins in the equivalent of Group 1 races in His sequence began with a win in the Futurity Stakes under a crushing There are no firm plans for this daughter of the great Fastnet Rock as of yet, but when I know, you will know.

But it was not to be.

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In the Fred Best Classic at Doomben, Najoom had the hardest run in the race by far, yet she still powered to the line to win brilliantly by over three lengths. This filly has now had seven starts for five wins and two seconds.


On debut she had to come from last on a leader dominated track at Hawkesbury and was narrowly beaten. Then 4th up this time in, on a horrible track in Sydney, the filly simply could not make any ground and she was again relegated to second. She has won all her other starts, including two Group 3 races, and she usually wins by big margins. Spring will be upon us before we know it, and this filly will be one of the draw cards both in Sydney and in Melbourne.

Seven wins for the QLD Carnival is no mean feat.

The Doomben Double

The Toowoomba Cup was a non-black type race, but the other six were Stakes races and the Doomben Cup is a time honoured Group 1 race. But I have never been one to rest on my laurels. The better horses are starting to trickle into the Sydney stable. See you there.

The Bernborough Phenomenon

I thoroughly enjoyed Caulfield Cup day, this despite the punters shooting straight for the majority of the meeting and finishing well in front of us bookies. Contact Us Employment. These years, where Bernborough was only allowed to race in Toowoomba is where the mystique and hype surrounding the horse originated. When Bernborough was finally given his chance as a six-year-old in Sydney, the hype and mystique about his origins was exposed to racing community. Then he beat the best horses in Australia in fifteen consecutive wins at the top level.

After every win and with every newspaper article the hype grew. From here the hype exploded and became a phenomenon. The flamboyant owner, the emergence from obscurity and the ability to win on any surface over any distance with any weight, combined to create a racing phenomenon. Then, as another justification for why Bernborough was a phenomenon, his fame expanded beyond the shores of Australia into America. The phenomenon spread to America because fourteen years earlier an Australian horse, Phar Lap, had travelled to America to compete in their richest race against their best horses and had easily beaten them.

Now suddenly Bernborough was not only being compared to Phar Lap, but was thought by some to be better than Phar Lap. The American racing industry remembered Phar Lap and as such, Bernborough became of interest. Unfortunately Bernborough broke down, yet this did not diminish his appeal to the American racing industry, where he was sold as a stud horse for a price that required more than his brilliant race results and his pedigree to be justifiable.

They wanted to stand next to a broken down, old horse who they had never seen race just because of his fame. The Bernborough story is exactly what constitutes a racing phenomenon. A study of the history of Australian horse racing generally lists champion horses, jockeys and trainers. Horses are written about based on the significance and nature of their wins.


The immortal champions of the turf are treated slightly differently. Phar Lap has numerous books and biographies that detail his life and death, while modern champions like Makybe Diva and Black Caviar are dedicated television specials and the replays of their races are shown regularly in comparison with the emerging stars of the turf. Phar Lap and Bernborough are constantly compared through the press in and in journalistic debate ever since. Bernborough was only brought to the attention of Australians for eleven months and never ran in a Melbourne Cup.

These events have to be explored to show how the hype surrounding Bernborough from his early life continued to grow and eventually turned into a phenomenon. This thesis will analyse the phenomenon, not just the horse.

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There have been two monographs entirely dedicated to Bernborough as well as chapters in many books by journalists and racing scribes. Because Sigley has written in conjunction with Mulley, he represents a style of writing that has a direct connection with the horse itself. All the mentioned works make a point of highlighting any adversary the horse had to overcome to achieve greatness, as well as describing great wins in detail. There is generally very little negativity directed from the author towards their subject.