Bel Esprit (Aus) - Helsinge (Aus)
Black Caviar will exit racing unbeaten from 25 starts after connections elected to retire the champion mare following her TJ Smith Stakes success at Randwick last Saturday.
“Our lovely, wonderful horse has never looked better,” owner Neil Werrett said. “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. Today we want to announce she is retiring.”
“The owners and myself have had a long chat over the last couple of days and decided around lunchtime this afternoon 25 was a great number and she did us all proud on Saturday,” Moody said. “Collectively, we decided the mare is in great shape, we thought long and hard about racing on for another season. 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, 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.”
The decision to retire the champion mare followed her three length success in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last Saturday.
“She has probably never looked better in her career,” Moody said. “She has got a few aches and pains like she always does, you don’t expect her to go through an effort like that and not feel it. We always wanted to make sure she was going to be alright. We’ve got three more runs than we thought we were ever going to have, we thought she would be retired post Ascot. 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 exits racing unbeaten from 25 starts with prize money earnings closing in on $7million.
When asked what was her most memorable victory was, Moody was unable to single one out. “I think it would be very hard and unfair to come up with any one performance,” Moody said. “Some people will say her last run, the issues she overcame at Ascot were phenomenal and for me personally the day she backed up after the Orr Stakes to win the Lightning and defeated Hay List. Each one of them has been memorable for their own reason.”
Black Caviar’s Group 1 Wins :
|2010||Patinack Farm Classic||1200|
|2011||William Reid Stakes||1200|
|2011||TJ Smith Stakes||1200|
|2011||Patinack Farm Classic||1200|
|2012||CF Orr Stakes||1400|
|2012||Robert Sangster Stakes||1200|
|2012||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||1207|
|2013||William Reid Stakes||1200|
|2013||TJ Smith Stakes||1200|
Extract from Racing and Sports