She’s a remarkable horse and she demonstrated it again. Black Caviar made it look easy as she romped across the finish line in the Lightning on February 16 for an unprecedented consecutive third year.
All eyes were on the living legend at Flemington Racecourse as she and her human partner Luke Nolen breezed to the 2 ½ length win, beating Moment of Change and Golden Archer among others. Her winning time was :55.42, beating the record established by Special in 1988 of :55.50. With this victory, Black Caviar brought her unbeaten record to 23 wins.
Even more remarkable is that Black Caviar won after a comeback from a lengthy layoff did it in record time, and setting a new record – all in a race named in her honor, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
"I'm just so proud of her," said trainer Peter Moody. "I'm a little bit emotional for the first time. It's just good to have her back. She's just a good news story."
This comeback tallied her 13th win at Group I level.
Black Caviar won her previous race in an edge-of-your-seat victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June 2012, taking the race by her narrowest margin ever of a head. It was a race that cost Black Caviar dearly, tearing muscles and ligaments, and laying her up indefinitely. In her true fighting spirit, she relaxed and recovered. By September she was already cleared to resume easy training and, finally, experts pronounced her ready to race again.
What a superstar filly she is, too!
"She continues to amaze me," said jockey Nolen.
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