She may have only been officially retired at 3pm (AEST) today but already Black Caviar is set to make her mark in the broodmare business with connections quick to confirm her trainer Peter Moody will be the one to prepare any offspring the world’s best mare produces in the breeding barn over the coming seasons.
Bowing out with an unblemished record of 25 consecutive wins for over $7.9 million in prize money and the Australian record for Group 1 victories, Bel Esprit six-year-old Black Caviar made her mark on the field and is now on track to extend her influence on the racing scene to the breeding industry.
The news that Black Caviar, last seen winning the TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney last Saturday in emphatic fashion, was retired was announced at press conference this afternoon from Moody’s Caulfield stables where her trainer got a chance to reflect on her remarkable career.
“Each and every one (of her wins) have been memorable,” Moody said.
“She’s in such great shape and that’s the way we wanted her to bow out.
“We just thought the time was right.
“It was a hard decision but why not? She’s done everything we’ve asked of her.”
During that conference, in which part-owner Neil Werrett apologised to the public and her fans that they had come to the decision to not race the mighty mare again, there were feelings of sadness, relief and excitement for what the future might hold.
“It would have been a worse decision if she’d run on and something had happened,” Werrett said of the tough call to call it a day.
“We can now look forward to racing her progeny.
“We’re looking forward to three years or so with Peter training one of her progeny.”
Describing himself as a realist Moody knows he is unlikely to ever train a horse of Black Caviar’s caliber again but would happily take on any of her offspring in hopes they could produce a glimmer of their mother’s talent on the track.
“It’s a dream of ever seeing another one like her in my lifetime let alone getting my hands on one,” he said.
Mouths were watering as soon as news of the retirement broke with the question hot on may people’s lips being whether the number one mare would be sent to be served by the also retired Frankel considered by many to be the world’s best horse.
Werrett however shut down those romantic notions.
“Now that we’re retiring her in Australia it’s very doubtful Frankell will be her first romance,” he said.
As for the next big decision on which Australian suitor Black Caviar will meet first, Werrett said those discussions would be starting almost immediately.
“We’ve got a bit of time to decide so we’ll start think about that from tomorrow,” Werrett, who admitted that he thought she’d be racing on until lunchtime today, said.
Fans will get their chance to farewell the queen at Caulfield this Saturday with Black Caviar making an appearance for the public to say their goodbyes and get another glimpse of the Black Flash on the race track.
There is no doubt the racing world both in Australia and abroad will miss Black Caviar greatly.