We want her to bow out at the top! Aussie super-horse Black Caviar to retire after 25-race unbeaten run
06:21 GMT, 17 April 2013
06:53 GMT, 17 April 2013
Unbeaten Australian mare Black Caviar will retire after winning 25 consecutive races, with her trainer Peter Moody admitting that the super sprinter 'has done everything we asked her to do.'
Moody, appearing at a news conference in front of Caulfield race track on Wednesday, where the six-year-old mare will make a farewell appearance for race patrons on Saturday, said he and the ownership group led by Neil Werrett had discussed Black Caviar's future over the past few days and 'we decided at lunch today' to announce her retirement.
Fond farewell: Black Caviar is paraded in front of the media with strapper Donna Fisher
Emotional: Trainer Peter Moody announces retirement of Black Caviar
Race team: Black Caviar and her connections at the press conference
'She has done everything we have asked her to do,' trainer Peter Moody said.
thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done
everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time
on her wonderful career.
'She's in great shape and that's the way we wanted her to bow out. We just thought the time was right – it was a hard decision.
'She brought interest to our sport that hasn't been there for decades.'
Final flourish: Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen, wins the TJ Smith Stakes
Impressive: Black Caviar (left) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012
Black Caviar, purchased by Moody for
$225,000, won $8 million in prize money, including an Australian-record
15 Group One wins, most over distances around 1,200 meters.
She'll now have some time being spelled in a paddock before being bred.
'We hope that in three years, Peter
Moody will be training a progeny of Black Caviar,' said Werrett, his
voice breaking at times during the retirement announcement.
Black Caviar, ridden by her regular
jockey Luke Nolen, won her 25th race last Friday in the T.J. Smith
Stakes at Royal Randwick by two lengths. It was the sprinter's third win
since coming back in February from an eight-month injury layoff.
Super horse: Black Caviar claimed a Australian-record
15 Group One wins
Money spinner: Black Caviar won $8 million in prize money
Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England last June and faced possible
retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot.
But laser therapy and exercise
enabled her to return to the track for another – and what turned out her
final – abbreviated season.
There were suggestions as recently as
the weekend that she'd race again at tracks in Brisbane or Adelaide, or
perhaps return to Royal Ascot.
'Black Caviars don't come along every day,' said Moody. 'It's time to call it a day.'
Triumph: Jockey Nolen celebrates making it 25 out of 25 victories
That's my girl! Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody (centre)
BLACK CAVIAR'S VICTORIES
2yo Hcp Restricted, Flemington (18 Apr 2009)
Blue Sapphire Stakes, Caulfield (2 May 2009)
Crockett Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Aug 2009)
Daneholl Stakes, Flemington (5 Sep 2009)
Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Jan 2010)
Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (9 Oct 2010)
Schweppes Stakes, Moonee Valley (23 Oct 2010)
Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (6 Nov 2010)
Lightning Stakes, Flemington (19 Feb 2011)
Newmarket Handicap, Flemington (12 Mar 2011)
William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (25 Mar 2011)
T J Smith Stakes, Randwick (9 Apr 2011)
BTC Cup, Doomben (14 May 2011)
Schillaci Stakes, Caulfield (8 Oct 2011)
Schweapped Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Oct 2011)
Patinack Farm Classic, Flemington (5 Nov 2011)
Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley (27 Jan 2012)
C F Orr Stakes, Caulfield (11 Feb 2012)
Lightning Stakes, Flemington (18 Feb 2012)
Robert Sangster, Morphettville (28 Apr 2012)
Goodwood Handicap, Morphettville (12 May 2012)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Ascot (23 Jun 2012)
Lightning Stakes, Flemington (16 Feb 2013)
William Reid Stakes, Moonee Valley (22 Mar 2013)
TJ Smith Stakes, Royal Randwick (13 April 2013)