Black Caviar will return to Flemington for Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day. Credit: Racing Photos
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is thrilled to announce that Australia’s undefeated champion Black Caviar will return to Flemington this Saturday 15 February to celebrate the race day named in her honour.
Prior to the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning on Saturday, the great mare will parade in the Flemington Mounting Yard, the scene of so many of her remarkable victories.
She will be reunited with those closest to her during her incredible racing career. Owners Pam and Barry Hawkes, Gary and Kerrin Wilkie, David and Jill Taylor, Colin and Jannene Madden, Neil Werrett and Lena Attebo, trainer Peter Moody, jockey Luke Nolen, strapper Donna Fisher and trackwork rider Patrick Bell.
Black Caviar captured hearts across the world during her racing career which spanned four years from 2009 – 2013. Her historic unbeaten record of 25 wins from 25 starts included eight memorable wins at Flemington as well as the nail-biting international victory at Royal Ascot where she took on the world and had fans on the edge of their seats. That victory solidified her status as the world’s best sprinter.
Affectionately known as Nelly, Black Caviar retired in 2013 and made the smooth transition to retirement and her new role as a mother. Now enjoying life in the rolling hills of country Australia, Black Caviar will travel to Flemington for the first time since February 2013 when she won her third consecutive Black Caviar Lightning.
VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said the Club was enormously grateful to connections for their generosity in sharing the champion mare with the public once again.
“Black Caviar transcended racing, she is a national treasure – a sporting hero who brought Australians together. I give huge thanks to her ownership group for recognising the importance of these champions to everyone and allowing racegoers at Flemington to see her again,” Mrs Elliott said.
“Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day is named in honour of this wonderful mare and celebrates all great horses past and present. It is simply magic that we will have her, one of the best ever, with us on Saturday.”
Black Caviar’s owners echoed Mrs Elliott’s thoughts.
“Nelly holds a special place in our hearts and with her taking a break from motherhood, the owners felt that it was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with the fans who fell in love with her during a remarkable career,” Pam Hawkes said on behalf of the owners.
Black Caviar will be in the Mounting Yard ahead of the Black Caviar Lightning where racegoers can watch her parade and hear connections relive their fondest memories.
The feature race on Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day is the $750,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) which Black Caviar won in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013 when breaking the Flemington 1000m track record.
Tickets to Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day, including hospitality packages, are on sale now.
Children under 16 and accompanied by an adult are admitted free to Flemington all year round.
Black Caviar and connections will gather for a media call at Flemington on Friday morning, with details to be announced by the VRC shortly.