Relief and excitement were the mixture of feelings for trainer David Hayes and co-owner Neil Werrett after Oscietra, the first foal of the mighty Black Caviar, won on her second start on Friday.
Black Caviar became a worldwide star during her unbeaten 25-race career, which included multiple Group 1 wins, and connections were clearly feeling the pressure at Geelong on Friday after Oscietra was defeated on her debut on January 1.
Given time off to develop, Oscietra was fast from the stalls in the 5f maiden and made all the running to score by just under two lengths in the hands of jockey Regan Bayliss.
Neil Werrett, co-owner of Black Caviar and co-owner/breeder of Oscietra, told racing.com: “It's very special and a great relief for her to win today. It's been a while since she last raced and David has got her really well and ready. I expect over the spring she'll develop.”
Hayes believes there is plenty more to come from Oscietra and that her popularity could soar should she manage to climb through the grades.
“She had to do all the work into the wind and she might have won a bit easier if it wasn’t so windy,” Hayes told racing.com. “It's incredible how much speed she has as the plan had been to sit third or fourth. She's a black type filly in waiting.”
He added: “It's really exciting. I've been lucky enough to saddle three Australian horse of the years, and at no point did I have more people come to see me than I did for her first run. If she starts winning a few in a row she’ll become a popular horse.”
Following Oscietra, Black Caviar had a colt by Sebring, who is set to go into training with Team Hawkes, and a filly by Snitzel. She is in foal to More Than Ready.