Black Caviar Champion Racehorse
Black Caviar Rated Among The Best Ever Horse Racing Champion
Black Caviar was foaled on 18th August 2006 and retired in April 2013. At her retirement, she was considered to be the best sprinter in the world.
During her six-year career, she raced for 25 races undefeated and earned AU $7,953,936. She was owned by Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, D.M Taylor, J. Taylor, P. A. Hawkes, G.J Wilkie and C.H Madden.
Her undefeated run is a record that has never been equaled for the past 100 years. She was trained by Peter Moody and was ridden by Luke Nolen except on three occasions.
2YO 2008 Racing
Black caviar started racing as a two year old in the 2008-09 season when she won her first start and then went on to win the Blue Sapphire Stakes, beating the runner up by 6 lengths.
Known for her breathtaking victories, she began her second season on a winning note when she won by 4 lengths and stunned many people when she won the Danehill Stakes after beating Wanted by ¾ lengths despite having tumbled at the start of the race.
She sustained a chest muscle injury that kept her out for a long time until January the following year, when she resumed racing on a high note, going on to win the Moonee Valley (G2) by 2 ½ lengths, only to be laid off again with a ligament injury to her front leg.
Resumes In 2010
However, still determined to keep winning, Black Caviar came back in October, 2010 to continue where she had left off. She went on to win the Moir Stakes and the Schillaci Stakes, both of which are Group 2 races. Her first Group 1 race was the Patinack Farm Classic which saw her compete in a star studded field, including Melito, Hay List, All Silent and Star Witness. To the surprise of many, she won by a massive 4 lengths to announce her arrival on the big stage with style.
The year 2011 was yet another milestone in Black Caviar’s career. She defeated the famous Hay List once again and went on to win the New Market Handicap while carrying 58kg, setting a new course record in the process.
Rated 130 By IFHA
Consequently, she was rated 130 by IFHA only 3 pounds behind Dayjur 30 years before and in a move that made her the highest ranked racehorse for a period of 5 months.
Two more wins saw her stretch her G1 unbeaten run to 5 races. These were the William Reid Stakes and the T J Smith Stakes in Sydney.
The win at the TJ Smith Stakes will forever be remembered for having been a scintillating performance by Black Caviar. Having trailed her great rival Hay List by a wide margin for most of the race, in a breathtaking run in the final stages of the race saw her sprint past Hay List and she went on to defeat her by 3 lengths to a marvelous applause by the 30,000 spectators in attendance.
Black Caviar True Champion
Having established her reputation as an undisputed champion, Black Caviar was a great crowd puller and in the BTC Cup held in Brisbane, she attracted a crowd of more than 20,000 people and beat her great rival Hay List once again, this time by a range of 2 lengths. Later that season, she defeated So You Think in the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards.
The 2011-2012 season was yet another great one for Black Caviar. At the age of 5 years, she was at her peak and she went on to break several records, starting with her win at Schillaci Stakes, which effectively equalled the 14 straight wins set by Phar Lap. Her wins at the Moir Stakes and Patinack Farm Classic stretched her unbeaten run to 16 races.
After undergoing a spell, she returned to her winning ways with wins in the Australian Stakes and the Caulfield CF Orr Stakes.
The Caulfield CF Orr stakes was a special occasion for her because it was her first attempt at 1400 metres and it had been widely speculated that she would lose for the first time in her career due to the long distance and the wet weather conditions which made the track slippery.
However, she proved pessimists wrong when she went on to win the race by 3.3 lengths. A few days later, she was up against Hay List once again, this time in the Lightning Stakes. Many thought she would lose the race after having been neck and neck with Hay List, but she saved the best for last and powered in the last 200 metres to win the race and equal Peppers Pride record.
Wins The Sangster Stakes In 2012
Her win at the Robert Sangster Stakes in April 2012 set a new Australasian record of 20 straight wins from 20 starts. One week later, she won the Goodwood Handicap. During Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012, she was flown to England to take part in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. There was a huge crowd of about 80,000 people at the Royal Ascot and there were big screens set up for people back in Australia to follow the proceedings.
Black Caviar won by a head in a closely contested race, subjecting Moonlight Cloud to second position. However, her win came at a cost after she tore a muscle. Consequently, she skipped the July Cup and the spring carnival. In November that year, she became the first horse trained outside Europe to win the coveted European Champion Sprinter award.
Black Caviar’s record-breaking win in the Lightning Stakes in her final season took her unbeaten streak to 23 wins in a row.
She went on to make it 25 out of 25 when she won the William Reid Stakes and TJ Smith Stakes. Moreover, she broke Kingston Town’s record of 14 G1 wins.
She retired on 17th April 2013, having been given a time form rating of 136.