Black Caviar serves feast for followers

THE WEEKEND

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 14/05/2012

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OPINION: The equine superstar of the world was how the racecaller described her and how could you disagree?

Black Caviar increased her phenomenal record to 21 wins from as many starts on Saturday when she went for a training gallop around Morphettville in front of 30,000 excited racegoers.

While the winning margin was only 1 1/4 lengths, the great mare was never in danger of being beaten in the Group I The Goodwood.

The price punters got back from her victory – $1 for the win, $1 for the place.

That's no profit for your outlay, for those who didn't know.

Black Caviar's win was a highlight of the weekend, on excellence alone.

Horses just don't do what she does and that's why she is packing out racecourses around Australia as people, being people, can claim in years to come that they saw her race in the flesh.

Trainer Peter Moody now has the chance to do what most Aussies love to do – win in England – when she heads to Royal Ascot next month.

THE BEST YET

The Hurricanes pulled out their best performance of the year when they sank the Highlanders with a late Julian Savea try.

Savea has had many a rugby fan scratching their heads over the last couple of seasons because, quite frankly, he was rubbish.

A bit of maturity, a bit of good advice from some senior players and coaches and the former IRB junior player of the year is finally living up to the title.

That pleases me more than most because I've twice written about him in season previews as a player to watch, only to have a poached egg land on my face.

His fend on Highlanders prop Chris King was a thing of beauty while his change of pace and sheer power reminded me of a young Hosea Gear when in the form of his life a couple of seasons ago.

King will now have an uncomfortable week as replay after replay will screen him clutching at air after being passed like an inanimate object.

King was not the only one to feel sore from Savea as Jarrad Hoeata, a man who prides himself on his physical presence, was planted back a few metres while trying to effect a tackle.

The Hurricanes might fall a bit short of the playoffs but they have exceeded expectations while bringing on a number of players who hopefully will be loyal to the franchise for a few years to come.

Saturday night's match was a cracker and went a long way to erasing the memory of Friday night's dross between the Blues and the Lions.

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell should feel embarrassed by his forwards because their work (or lack of it) was a poor reflection on him.

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By the time you read this Manchester City will have been crowned champions of England (hopefully).

It might have taken almost $2b to do it but I'm just glad some team (hopefully) has stopped Manchester United from winning.

The fact that the premiership will have been decided on the final day is fantastic and again highlights you can have a brilliant competition just by keeping things simple.

Home and away and you play every team. No complicated formulas or confusing conferences, just plain and simple logic.

- Taranaki Daily News

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