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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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30 SPORT MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 PRIZE MONEY BLACK CAVIAR AND HER GREATEST LEGACY QUEEN OF THE TRACK REVELS IN HER NEW LIFE AS A DOTING MUM IT probably shouldnt be asurprise that the ownersof the worlds fastest racehorse dont do slow.Its just not in their nature. Im attempting, and failing, to keep up with David and Jill Taylor in a ridiculously small 1.3-litre hire car as we drive through the majestic Hunter Valley in NSW. David is ploughing ahead in an oversized SUV past fields, wineries and opencut mines, but hes getting increasingly irate because he has to keep stopping for me to come into view. Give it some juice, Luce, he shouts out of the window. Im lucky hes not in possession of a whip. I try to explain that as well as our unfairly matched vehicles, Im also in a lastchance saloon as far as my driving licence goes. I dont care if youve got nine bloody points on your licence, try and keep up, David teases as Jill roars with laughter in the passenger seat. This fun-loving couple, who live in Camberwell with their feet firmly in Toorak, are in a hurry. And no, they are not prepared to slow down to meet my show pony speed. To be fair its for good reason. Ive been fortunate enough to be invited to follow them to a secret location to visit their latest newborn grandchild. Black Caviar, of whom they own a share in a syndicate with four other couples, gave birth to a second foal almost five months ago. Security is naturally paramount for safety reasons but it means I have absolutely no clue where we are going. Since she retired in 2013, the mare has changed roles from Queen of the racetrack to a pampered Queen Mother and visiting her is clearly just as exciting as a day out at Flemington. This is also the first time they will have seen the new colt temporarily named Little Cav, and they cant wait. Most excitingly, the breeders at the stud farm, where the colt is enjoying time grazing with the darling of the nation who won all 25 of her 25 sensational races, are saying this latest foal is showing all the physical and emotional signs of being as good as her unbeaten mother. The owners visiting here in the Hunter Valley are trying their best to appear laid-back and not get their hopes up. They are yet to learn, of course, whether the foal has inherited the most important trait of all; speed. But they are clearly delighted with the early indications. Its just so exciting, says Jill, a finance consultant, who is bubbling over with joy as she pats and kisses Little Cav for the first time just after we arrive at the paddock. The handler who has had experience all over the world said that Little Cav is the most intelligent little colt that he has handled. He picks things up straight away and remembers everything so thats a good start. It certainly is. At the farm, we are met by fellow owners Kerrin and Gary Wilkie, whose smiles are just as wide as the Taylors. So lets just whisper it can lightning strike twice? Its too $7,953,936.00 LUCIE MORRIS-MARR

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