Black Caviar's owners thank the Aussie public for support
AFTER climbing every mountain put in front of her, the owners of unbeaten mare Black Caviar decided the people's champion would go out on top.
After considering whether to take on the BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm on May 11, have a shot at the King's Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot in June, or even another Spring Carnival campaign in Melbourne, connections decided she had nothing left to prove.
So after a record unbeaten run of 25 victories, including an unsurpassed 15 Group 1s, Black Caviar has run her last race.
The owners, headed by Neil Werrett who insisted back in 2007 that the group of friends who holidayed together every January should buy a racehorse, joined trainer Peter Moody in making the announcement.
"I would like to thank the Australian public for supporting us, supporting Black Caviar and supporting Moody Racing over the past few years while Black Caviar has performed," Werrett said.
"We want to announce she is retiring."
The news was a blow to race clubs around Australia who have reaped the benefits of unprecedented publicity and packed racecourses as connections ensured racing fans across the country had a chance to see the champion mare in action.
Just last Saturday she produced another outstanding performance, beating Sydney's best to take out the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in front of a sell-out crowd at Randwick.
Moody said while the best horse he is ever likely to train had never raced better, there was simply no point going on.
"Collectively, we decided the mare is in great shape, we thought long and hard about racing on for another season," he said.
"We thought about Ascot, we thought about Brisbane, we thought about Adelaide, but at the end of the day we believe she has done everything we've asked her to do.
"She couldn't possibly have done anymore and it is the right time to call it a day on what has been a wonderful career of arguably one of the finest horses we have ever seen."
Moody admitted he had thought the daughter of Bel Esprit had run her last race when she narrowly took out the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot last June, pulling up with some serious muscle issues.
"We've got three more runs than we thought we were ever going to have, we thought she would be retired post Ascot," he said.
"We were fortunate enough to bring her home here and I think the owners should be congratulated on allowing me to race her on and give the Australian public three more chances to see her."
BLACK CAVIAR FACT FILE
Foaled: August 18, 2006
Career: 25 starts for 25 wins
Purchase price: $210,000
Awards: Australian horse of the year 2010-11 and 2011-12; First horse to be named racing personality of the year by the Victorian Racing Media Association in 2012; Named 2012 European Sprinter of the Year - first non-European horse to win the honour.