Sell-out crowd farewells the queen of the track for the last time in Victoria.Champion mare Black Caviar has continued to rewrite the record books after crusing to her 24th straight win after taking out the William Reid Stakes for the second time.
The sell-out crowd of 25,000 at Moonee Valley exploded into celebration when Black Caviar crossed the line with trainer Peter Moody saying his champion could race for longer than her expected starts in Sydney and Brisbane to end her glittering career.
“She’s going super – it’s scary how well she’s going,” Moody told News.com.au
“Just the way she let down and quickened. What do you say. I’m lost for words.”
Jockey Luke Nolan has had the best seat in the house for the story that has not only captured the hearts and minds of racing fans in Australia, but the entire country.
Despite never looking like being in trouble as Nolan allowed Black Caviar to surge past stablemate Karuta Queen at the top of the straight, the hoop could not help but let her show off her potential.
“It’s amazing to be part of not just a wonderful racing story but a (wonderful) sporting story,” Nolan said after the race.
“Thank God she didn’t let anyone down tonight.”
Nolen agreed with Moody and said Black Caviar had never been in better shape, adding he gave her a gentle tap with the whip when they hit the home turn “just to keep her balanced and happy and she took care of the rest.”
In her 24 wins, Black Caviar has won more than $7 million in prize money with the highlights of her career being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, along with winning the Australian Sprinter and Horse of the Year titles twice.