BLACK CAVIAR, YOUR MAJESTY!
The big mare won it by a few strides and showed the world why she’s the best sprinter on the planet!
Before Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and more than 75,000 racegoers, Black Caviar kept her perfect race record intact and showcased her extraordinary talents with a brilliant win in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Trainer Peter Moody was overwhelmed with pride when the Queen made her made her way down to the mounting yard to meet him, jockey Luke Nolen and Black Caviar herself after the race.
“It’s just an ubelievable feeling to be standing here,” Moody said.
“This is something I never thought I would experience, meeting the Queen, it was quite overwhelming. As we all know, Her Majesty is a horse lover.
“It was a meeting of the two Queens of Australia.”
Black Caviar has now won all 22 of her races, including 12 at Group 1 level, and more than $6 million prizemoney.
She has the longest, unbeaten start to a race career in more than 150 years – her sequence of 22 successive wins equals the Australian record of Queensland bush gallopers, Sava Jet and Miss Petty, and 12 Group 1 wins is the most by an Australian-trained mare.
Here, our racing writer, Helen Thomas records the big build up to the race…
The race meeting hosted annually by the Queen – that starts each day with her arrival at the head of the Royal Procession in an open, (white) horse-drawn carriage – has almost been hijacked by Australia’s Queen of the Turf, Black Caviar.
The unbeaten mare, who aims to stretch her winning streak to 22 on Sunday morning (our time), has won the hearts of not just seasoned racegoers in the UK and across Europe.
As in her homeland, the uninitiated have also been swept up in the excitement that surrounds her.
And why not? She is the fastest horse in the world, the best sprinter on the planet, a thoroughbred who takes such huge strides as she gallops that she seems somehow to be travelling languidly, almost in slow motion.
Gliding on grass.
Her name at home is “Nelly” and she is a big, powerful girl.
But trainer Peter Moody has nonetheless described her as delicate in the lead up to this weekend’s 1200 metre Diamond Jubilee Stakes, just as he cheekily suggested her jockey Luke Nolen might be allowed to ‘release the brakes’ in the race.
That has probably only happened once before, when the pair won the Group One Newmarket Handicap up the Flemington straight last year.
From the start of her career, Peter Moody has been her protector as much as her conditioner and as her winning tally grew, and her presence boosted crowds at race tracks around Australia and record after long-standing record fell away, he has been by her side, a lucky coin in hand.
The best athletes, he knows, need the best of care.
But after witnessing Frankel’s stunning performance at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, this usually-measured trainer was so moved by the young stallion’s achievement that he seemed at least to be contemplating an awesome possibility: letting Black Caviar fly.
Those in the know expect this won’t happen, especially as the rain comes to town and dampens the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee track.
But Frankel won the Queen Anne, the first race on Her Majesty’s card, by an arrogant 11 lengths and turned even the coolest of heads.
“I don’t think I’ve seen the equal of that performance, ever”, Moody told racing media on course that day. “It’s inspired me to maybe tell Luke to let the brakes off”.
He said this with a smile. Yet, almost as soon as he uttered the words, he tempered them.
“Whether this is the right place to do it after travelling three-quarters of the way around the world, I’m not sure, or convinced.
“We know we’ve got a wonderful horse, but she’s a fragile horse. Great athletes strain themselves enough without us putting added pressure on them.”
Whatever her jockey’s instructions are on Saturday when she makes her Royal debut, Black Caviar will be the last of the large Aussie contingent that has flown the flag at Ascot over the past few days.
Most Australians expect her to win her 22nd race in a row, and her perfect record of performance to remain intact. If this happens, it will be an extraordinary feat.
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