Parade unlikely for Caviar
WINNING a record number of races was the easy part. Holding a victory parade through the streets to Melbourne to celebrate is apparently the hard part.
The Baillieu government has played down suggestions a massive welcome home event in the city could be on the cards for champion racehorse Black Caviar, once the horse clears quarantine this month.
A spokesman for Racing Minister Denis Napthine said he did not want to rule out an event in the city ”but our view is that it would probably be fairly unlikely”. He said the government had not yet even discussed the issue with the horse’s owners, some of whom are still overseas. ”It would be a difficult event to do in the city with a high-calibre race horse,” the spokesman said. ”Walking on hard surfaces like concrete isn’t great, for a start.”
He said the most likely scenario, depending on discussions with owners, would be a homecoming event at one of race tracks, probably Caulfield.
The horse landed back in Melbourne yesterday morning after winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.