In the lead up to our biggest days of racing for Autumn Carnival Series (Oaks Ladies Day, SA Derby Day and Goodwood Day early next month), every Wednesday we are taking you for a walk down memory lane... today, we remember the day Black Caviar won the Goodwood Handicap.
Black Caviar (foaled 18 August 2006) is a retired champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse undefeated in 25 races, including 15 Group One victories, eclipsing the previous mark set by Kingston Town. She was named WTRR World Champion Sprinter in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Black Caviar was trained by Melbourne-based trainer Peter Moody, and apart from her first two runs, in which Jarrad Noske rode her, was ridden by Luke Nolen in all her starts except for the 2010 Patinack Farm Classic, where Ben Melham rode her while Nolen was suspended.
Just a year shy of retirement, on 28 April 2012, she won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes by 4½ lengths at Morphettville and in the process set a new Australasian record of 20 straight wins from 20 starts. The win also took her past the then-unbeaten run of the American mare Zenyatta.
Moody commented on her record-breaking run by saying that "Luke was pretty kind to her, he gave her one little smack on the bum and she did the rest."
Black Caviar returned to Morphettville two weeks later on Saturday 12 May 2012, to take home the Goodwood Handicap, winning comfortably by 1 length.
The champion horse was retired the following year after 25 wins from 25 starts.
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