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Few of us can expect to be as pampered, revered and remembered in retirement as Black Caviar, the illustrious thoroughbred that gripped the hearts and bulging pockets of punters world wide in her undefeated racing career between the years of 2008 and 2013, when she retired on the 17th of April. Comparable in fame and influence only to Phar Lap, the two helped their respective admirers ride out the gloom of historic economic downturns and provide well-needed triumph and windfalls when most needed. For this reason, and for the sheer grace and effortlessness with which she dominated international meets from Flemington to Royal Ascott, Black Caviar has earned her place in Australia’s historical imagination.

Black Caviar was foaled in 2006 on a breeding Farm in the humble town of Nagambie, Victoria, situated in the scenic environs of the Goulbourn Valley. She was then Purchased by her life-long trainer, the renowned Peter Moody for a steal of $210,000. Within six years she would weigh a hearty half-tonne, and her hot-blooded streak of 25 wins and no losses would earn her $8 million in prize money.

After an auspicious trial run, the jockey Jarrad Noske helmed her to her first wins in her second year at Flemington and the Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield, where she surpassed the opposition by a minimum of five lengths, an awesome feat in a highly competitive field.

Black Caviar brushed off some initial proneness to injury, and her trainer’s concerns, to kick off her now-famous streak of wins in her third year, known as the commencement of her “boom”. This period saw the fruition of an indomitable talent, sweeping, amongst others, the Shillacci, Schweppes and Lightning Stakes.

The following year saw her start with a 13-0 record and end with a 21-0 record wherein she demolished all her rivals once again.

At this point, a stint in the lucrative and honoured English market was calling. It was here that Black Caviar earned a truly international renown, adding a triumph at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to her CV, although by an uncharacteristically short margin, making it the tightest victory of her career. Her “swansong” period included claiming her second TJ Smith Stakes win at Randwick to rapturous crowds who had the privilege to witness what was to become a record-setting, unsurpassed and unblemished 25 wins.

At this point in her career, trainer Peter Moody made the controversial, though probably sage decision, to retire the mare at her peak and in disregard to the further winnings prophesied by racing experts and commentators.

Black Caviar now resides in a secretive location somewhere near Scone in outback NSW, consigned to a life as a broodmare and progenitor of fillies with high hopes. She is now in the late stages of her second pregnancy, and stud managers are claiming her first-born foal to be a virtual replica of her famous mother, exciting racing fans around the country.

 

Black Caviar has faired well in motherhood, but she leaves behind a stellar legacy, countless memories of gleeful race-goers, and a Timeform rating of 136, making her the highest-rated Australian horse in history.