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Black Caviar - Randwick - 13/04/2013

Black Caviar (left) cruises to her 25th, and final, victory at Randwick

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Unbeaten superstar
Black Caviar retired

BLACK CAVIAR has been retired after 25 unbeaten starts after connections "felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career".

Trained by Peter Moody throughout her unbeaten career and ridden in 22 of her runs by Luke Nolen, which involved a narrow victory in last year's Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, Black Caviar won 15 times at Group 1 level and just short of A$8 million in prize-money.

Moody, along with the six-year-old's co-owner and spokesman Neil Werrett, announced the news of Black Caviar's retirement in a news conference on Wednesday morning.

He said: "The owners and myself had a long chat over the last couple of days and at lunchtime today we decided 25 was a great number to go out on.

"Collectively the mare is in great shape. We thought long and hard about Ascot, Brisbane and Adelaide but it's a good time to finish as she's done everything we've asked of her.

"It's time to pull the career on one of our finest horses ever. Let's stop now before something can go haywire.

"What else can we achieve, we don't want to do anything wrong by the horse. I just thought 'job done, she gave her all'."

He added: "She's got a few aches and pains but we always wanted to make sure she finished on a good note.

"After Ascot we were going to retire but in the finish we got three more runs out of her."

Black Caviar

Black Caviar - or 'Nelly' as she was also known - had a huge following

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Known affectionately as Nelly, Black Caviar smashed a number of records after her latest win in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

The win put her on 15 Group 1 successes, one more than three-time Cox Plate winner Kingston Town, it was her eighth Group 1 on the bounce, breaking a record that had stood since 1946 for consecutive wins at the top level, and she became the first horse to win the TJ Smith Stakes twice.

Her last win came in front of a crowd of nearly 23,000 and Moody said: "I know we've won 25 from 25 but I like to think we've done a great job promoting our sport.

"She brought interest to our sport that hasn't been there for decades. Black Caviars don't come along every day.''

No plans have been revealed about who the star mare will be covered by now she has been retired. However, it is thought unlikely that it will be Frankel this year with an Australian stallion more likely for the six-year-old.

 
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