Black Opium continued the electrifying start to her career with a breathtaking debut at Sandown Park last night.
After dominating a Vic Bred Maiden series recently at Bendigo she jumped as the near unbackable $1.30 favourite. She began well and swooped around the field before unleashing down the back straight. Her winning margin was 5½ lengths to Unique Edition in a fast (5.10, 18.76) 29.34.
“To do what she’s done tonight in her first look at the track is brilliant,” said handler Brad Keel post-race.
Black Opium has now notched up four wins from just as many starts and is already performing in elite fashion at just a youthful 18½ months of age.
The question now raised is whether connections will set her an aim for next month’s TAB Melbourne Cup. It’s a race her owners Serg and Bill Buccilli claimed in 2013 with Black Opium’s sire Black Magic Opal.
“To be honest we haven’t even thought about it. We’ll need to have a good think and assess the options,” said Serg Buccilli.
If Black Opium is to head for the world’s greatest race, she will join a strong team of sprinters that will line up for the Seona and Jason Thompson kennel.
Wowee. 29.34 first go? https://t.co/jLEIUi0a63
— Joel Leonard (@joelwleonard) October 18, 2018
Black Opium (7) stellar on her city debut