Black Caviar: made first public appearance since Royal Ascot on TuesdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Black Caviar makes surprise appearance
Australia: Black Caviar took her most positive step so far towards a return to racing with a surprise first public appearance of the year at Sandown on Tuesday morning.
The unbeaten mare contested a jump-out, her first piece of serious racetrack competition since her famous Royal Ascot victory in June.
Sitting deep from the start of the 800m contest, Black Caviar domimated the jump-out from the home turn as she put a space between herself and her rivals.
"It was just a soft half-mile jump-out and I'm very happy with her," trainer Peter Moody told AAP.
"It was a great opportunity to have a little trip away on a great surface."
The Sandown excursion confirmed Black Caviar is making excellent progress as she prepares for an exhibition gallop between races on her home track at Caulfield on February 2.
It's likely to be her final public appearance at the track.
Black Caviar is scheduled to make her racing return in the $500,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 16.
"That's the race we've always suggested will be the race she kicks off in," Moody said.
A farewell campaign for the $6.8 million earner is expected to take in races in Sydney and Brisbane.
Black Caviar took her record to 22 wins from 22 starts when she overcame muscle tears and bruising to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
*** Black Caviar and last year's winner Hay List headline the list of nominations for the Newmarket Handicap, while Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon has been entered for the Australian Cup.
The nominations for the two Group 1 features at Flemington on March 9 were released on Tuesday.