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Black Caviar showed promise as a two and three-year-old with her five wins from five starts, including two at Group 2 level.


TRAINER: Peter Moody

OWNERS: Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr C.H. Madden, Mrs J. Madden, Mrs P.A. Hawkes, Mr D.M. Taylor, Mrs J. Taylor, Mr G.J. Wilkie, Mrs K.J. Wilkie

RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 25 starts: 25 wins/$7,104,936

Major Wins 

  • Japan Cup
  • W.S. Cox Plate
  • Australian Cup
  • WATC Winfield Stakes
  • WATC Railway Stakes
  • Rawson Stakes
  • L.K.S. Mackinnon Stakes


As a four-year-old in 2010-11 her career blossomed. After wins in the Schillaci Stakes and Moir Stakes, Black Caviar faced her first Group 1 challenge in the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival. In what was described as “an astonishing demolition job”, she defeated a high quality field by four lengths. Returning to Flemington in the autumn she won the Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicap at Flemington with ease, followed by the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. She then made it six Group 1 victories in succession with dominant wins in the T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick and the BTC Cup at Doomben.

Returning to the track as a five-year-old in the spring of 2011, she won for the second time the Schillaci Stakes and Patinack Farm Classic. In the autumn of 2012 she stepped up to 1400m for the first time in the C.F. Orr Stakes, and won by three lengths. A week later she backed up in the Lightning Stakes which she won comfortably, again beating her perennial challenger, Hay List. Victory in the Lightning Stakes gave her 19 victories from 19 starts, thus equalling the long standing Australian record of Gloaming and Desert Gold. On 28 April, 2012, she established a new Australian record of 20 consecutive wins when she took out the Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide, adding a further win to her tally two weeks later in the Goodwood Handicap.

In June, 2012, Black Caviar journeyed overseas to compete in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over 1,200 metres at Royal Ascot. After taking the lead with some 200 metres to go, jockey Luke Nolen eased her back which enabled second running horse Moonlight Cloud to momentarily draw level with her. In the final strides before the line Nolen drove Black Caviar forward to win by a head. Veterinary examination revealed that Black Caviar had incurred injuries during the race, which resulted in her being scratched from running in the July Cup, and her early return to Australia. It was then announced she would undertake a lengthy spell in the paddock and not race during the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival.

Black Caviar made her highly anticipated return to the racetrack for her third attempt at the Lightning Stakes which has been renamed the Black Caviar Lightning in her honour and not only won the race, but broke a 25-year-old track record when she passed the post in 55.42 seconds.

Her final Victorian appearance yielded an impressive victory in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley before the wonder mare farewelled racing with a final triumph in Sydney's Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m)

Black Caviar’s feats have earned her a host of national and international honours. In 2011 and 2012 she was voted Australian Champion Sprinter and Australian Horse of the Year. In the international rankings she won the World Champion Sprinter Award for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Her 23 consecutive wins constitute a world record for horses of the modern age competing at the elite level.

Image Source: Copyright: Mark Gatt