Adelaide plays a major role for Black Caviar
- by:Craig Cook
- From:The Advertiser
- August 01, 2012 12:00am
Jockey Luke Nolen waves to the crowd after riding Black Caviar to victory at Morphettville. Picture: Kelly Barnes.Source: AdelaideNow
WE didn’t know at the time but it is becoming increasingly likely Black Caviar’s final Australian race was in Adelaide.
There were 30,000 fanatics trackside at Morphettville in May for the Goodwood and they might have cheered a bit louder if they were aware it was the champion mare’s swansong on home soil.
The future for the world’s fastest sprinter hangs in the balance after trainer Peter Moody announced she will definitely miss the Melbourne spring to give her every chance to overcome her exacting first overseas campaign.
If she does return to the track, Morphettville is now high on the list of venues.
The South Australian Jockey Club is ready for a repeat.
“Our two autumn Group 1 races (Sangster and Goodwood) just suit her down to the ground,” SAJC chief executive Brenton Wilkinson said.
“Everything went so well last time we know we would be right in the frame if she races on.
“But the thing that Peter has always done first is look after the welfare of his horse and that won’t change,”
Most fans of “Nellie” would be happy with an immediate retirement.
Her legacy of 22 consecutive victories is just too great to risk a defeat.
One more win will not change Black Caviar’s place in history – but one defeat would ruin her incomparable record.
So, what is left for the owners that they could decide to race on?
The biggest carrot is the Australasian record of 13 Group 1s set by mighty Kiwi mare, Sunline.
Black Caviar has 12 Group 1 wins, including five in a row, and securing the prestigious record looked a mere formality only a few months ago.
The trip to the UK has thrown plans – to race perhaps another eight times in Australia – out of kilter.
Heading overseas was always a risk with a horse who has had continual injury niggles.
The closeness of the victory in the Diamond Jubilee left the camp with a real sense that they “got away with it”.
Moody was especially relieved.
With $6.8 million in the bank from prizemoney and a potential goldmine from merchandise sales, the owners have been keen to emphasise that going to Royal Ascot was never about money.
“It was about showing her off to the world and we have done that,” principal owner Neil Werrett said recently.
“She owes us nothing and we owe it to her to make sure she will go out on the right note.”
They were telling words.
Equally revealing is that the mighty mare’s 10 owners are already discussing which sire should first serve Black Caviar.