Petite Black Caviar Foal Oscierta Flies the Gate in First Jump
Oscierta went straight from her mother’s side to a win on the big stage at Flemington in her first jump with her trainer David Hayes and the ownership group behind her and her famous mum Black Caviar, plus a few other interested parties as witnesses.
Luke Nolen did the steering, resplendent in bright green silks and hopefully with a layer of insulation beneath to provide protection from cool temperatures and an unfriendly breeze.
Commentators never fail to avail themselves the opportunity to remark on Oscierta’s size, and even one of the owners, perhaps preemptively, was on point to make a similar observation.
The other big difference that is immediately apparent is that Oscierta wastes no time flying the gates, whilst her mother was famous for loafing at the start, out of a sense of fairness to allow the others a fleeting hope of not being run down by the trademark burst of Caviar at the finish.
The jumpout was only 800 metres and was completed in a relatively slow time of 49.45 seconds.
Oscierta’s biggest challenge, apart from being the most famous unraced horse in the world, will be the enormous expectations she inherits from Black Caviar and one cannot help wondering whether her withers are large enough to bear the burden.