Retirement From Racing:
Senior co-owner Neil Werrett added, "We've got a bit of time, but we'll start working it out (which stallion to breed to) tomorrow. We hope that in three years, Peter Moody will be training a progeny of Black Caviar." Black Caviar will be paraded in a retirement ceremony at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday April 20.
Her 25th and Final Race:
Trainer Peter Moody said, "She put on one hell of a show. Twenty-five straight, unbelievable, 15 Group Ones. What more do you say? Horses look fast until they line up against her. It's extra special as it's a bit of a homecoming for me. I know I'm a Queensland boy but this is where I learnt most of my craft and I worked for the great T.J. for a lot of years so to win a race in his honour, the same as was a couple of years ago, it's special for all of us."
Jockey: Luke Nolen
Owners: Mr G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr C H Madden, Mrs J Madden, Mrs P A Hawkes, Mr D M Taylor, and Mrs J Taylor.
Her ownership group consists of a group of friends who go back as far as kindergarten, who decided to get organized and buy a racehorse together, a story similar to that of Sackatoga Stable, owners of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. Their silks were designed by the Wilkie's daughter, inspired by seafood: salmon pink with black spots representing caviar (fish eggs).
Trainer Peter Moody:
The photos accompanying this profile were taken by photographer Amber Chalfin who visited Moody's barn in January 2012.
Pedigree: Bel Esprit - Helsinge by Desert Sun
Dosage Profile: 5-5-4-2-0
Dosage Index/CD: 3.00 / 0.81
Undefeated So Far:
Her Past Races:
On Saturday, February 11, 2012, she stretched out to 1400 meters (7 furlongs) in the C.F. Orr Stakes (G1) at home at Caulfield and did not disappoint in her 18th start, stalking the pace as usual then taking over at the 3/16 pole to win by 3 lengths over late-closing Southern Speed in 1:25.14 over dead turf. Then a week later on February 19, she equalled Zenyatta's 19-race win streak, taking the Lightning Stakes (G1) at Flemington for the second time by 1 3/4 lengths over Hay List in 55.53 seconds for the 1000 meters over good turf, just 3/100 second off the stakes and track record.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, she set a world record of 20 wins in 20 starts, in the Robert Sangster Sportingbet Classic (G1) at Morphettville by 4 1/2 lengths over Sistine Angel, travelling the 1200 meters in 1:10.65 over dead turf. On May 12, she extended her world record to 21 wins in 21 starts, in the Goodwood Stakes (G1) at Morphettville by 1 1/4 lengths over We're Gonna Rock, travelling the 1200 meters in 1:10.32 over good turf. Shipping to England, she barely hung on in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. She gained the lead in the final furlong but Nolen misjudged the finish and stopped riding about 20 yards from the finish, almost allowing Moonlight Cloud to pass on the outside. She held on by a neck, getting the 6 furlongs in 1:14.10 over good to soft turf for win number 22. It was later discovered that she injured her back during the race and she needed an extended lay-off to recover.
On February 16, 2013, she came back to Flemington for her first start of the year and 27,046 fans were on hand to see her. She was coming off an 8-month layoff to recover from a back injury suffered at Ascot last year as well as being stung by a swarm of bees while in quarantine. She returned in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1), which was renamed in her honor after winning it twice already, and showed she hadn't lost a step. She took the lead immediately and after opening up a 4 length advantage at the 1/8 pole, and jockey Luke Nolen geared her down as she finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of stablemate Moment of Change in a time of 55.42 seconds over dead turf for the 1000 meter distance, breaking a 25-year-old course record and extending her world record streak to 23. This was her third win in the Lightning Stakes, and she the only horse to ever accomplish the feat.
On March 22, 2013, she easily notched win number 24 in the William Reid Stakes (G1) before over 25,000 fans at Moonee Valley. Bet down to odds of 3-100, she stalked the pace then pounced at the 3/16 pole, drawing off to win by 4 lengths over stablemate Karuta Queen in 1:11.08 for the 1200-meter trip over good turf. The feat gives her 14 Group 1 wins, tying the great Kingston Town for the all-time record, and was her second William Reid win, having also won in 2011. The race was billed as probably her final start in Melbourne. Trainer Peter Moody said, "She's going super. It’s scary how well she's going. I've thought she was going as good as ever and I'm glad she's proving me right. It's just great to see the people out here and see her put on a great show. As a headline for our sport she's second to none."