Black Caviar has an unusual collection of owners. A group of long-time friends had hired a houseboat in 2007 and the conversation got around to seriously pooling their money and buying a racehorse. The following February, they had purchased Black Caviar, named after one of their favourite foods.
On June 24th 2012, Black Caviar narrowly won her 22nd race at England’s Royal Ascot racetrack. The win had to be confirmed by photos as shown below because it was so close. She suffered some minor injuries in her hind quarter but it wasn’t enough to prevent this amazing horse from showing the world what she is made of yet again.
This was Black Caviar’s 22nd consecutive wins in only 22 races, a record that has been compared to the legendary horses – Phar Lap and Makybe Diva – which is great praise indeed.
Proud Luke Nolen rode the magnificent mare to victory by the narrowest of margins but was still very pleased that he had done so. You don’t need to win by a mile to win. How big the gap is makes no difference, as long as you win. Trainer Peter Moody was also extremely pleased with the result.
The owners had a lot of courage when they decided to put Black Caviar on a plane and take him all the way to England to run at Royal Ascot. But their big risk paid off in a huge way for them and other punters as well.
Considering that Black Caviar has won 22 consecutive races, it seems that the news is mainly filled with the run at Royal Ascot which was her crowning achievement of course. However, there was life before Ascot.
She won her 19th race at Flemington in the Lightning Stakes against Hay List, a horse that people thought almost impossible to beat. But Black Caviar not only beat Hay List but she just missed out on breaking the course record by 0.03 seconds.
Hay List was the only horse running currently that had the strength, stamina and speed to give Black Caviar a real challenge and so it did happen. Hay List was winning for a while but Luke Nolen knows his horse and really let her fly in the last 250 metres.
Black Caviar is regarded as the world’s greatest sprinter and only the British horse, Frankel, rates higher than Black Caviar. When the mare won her 20th consecutive race in Morphettville on the 28th April 2012, she broke the prior records held by Australian horses, Gloaming and Desert Gold, almost 100 years ago. She also broke the 19 win record of top US mare Zenyatta.
Black Caviar trains at the Caulfield stables in Melbourne and will continue to do so for as long as she races. It’s unsure how much longer this magnificent mare will keep racing but while she’s having such remarkable success, why stop? The money is great when she wins and obviously the publicity also helps build her sterling reputation as one of the best racehorses ever.