Black Caviar is a retired Australian thoroughbred racehorse who is widely considered one of the best horses in the history of Australian racing. She was foaled in 2006 and retired from racing in 2013 after an undefeated career that spanned 25 races and 15 Group 1 victory.


Black Caviar was owned by a group of six owners who formed a syndicate called “BC3 Thoroughbreds.” The members of the syndicate were Neil Werrett, David and Jannette Kenneth, Gary Wilkie, Bill and Lauretta Hern, and Kevin and Pam Slater.

Trainer & Rider

She was trained by Peter Moody and ridden by Luke Nolen during her racing career. Nolen is a successful jockey. He was the jockey for Black Caviar for all but one of her 25 races. She was known for her lightning speed and impressive athleticism which helped her win a string of prestigious races including the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, and Darley Classic.

But Black Caviar’s success was about more than just her raw talent. She had a strong work ethic and a fierce competitive spirit, which helped her overcome adversity and emerge victorious in some of the toughest races of her career.

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Black Caviar made her racing debut at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia on April 17, 2010. She was a two-year-old filly at the time and was ridden by Luke Nolen in the race. Black Caviar won the race by 4.25 lengths, setting a new track record for the distance.

For a better understanding of her excellence, some of Black Caviar’s most important and memorable races included:

  • 2010 Patinack Farm Classic: a Group 1 race held at Flemington Racecourse in November 2010. Black Caviar won the race by 1.8 lengths and set a new track record for the distance.
  • 2011 William Reid Stakes: a Group 1 race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse in March 2011. Black Caviar won the race by 1.3 lengths.
  • 2012 Lightning Stakes: a Group 1 race held at Flemington Racecourse in February 2012. Black Caviar won the race by a nose in a dramatic finish.
  • 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes: a Group 1 race held at Royal Ascot in June 2012. Black Caviar became the first Australian horse to win the race in over 100 years, defeating a field of top international horses by a neck.
  • 2013 TJ Smith Stakes: a Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse in April 2013. Black Caviar won the race by 0.4 lengths in her final race before retiring.

One of the most memorable moments of Black Caviar’s career came at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she narrowly defeated a field of top international horses to become the first Australian horse to win the race in over 100 years.

Black Caviar remained undaunted and continued to dominate the Australian racing scene until her retirement in 2013. She retired with a record of 25 wins in 25 races, which included 15 Group 1 victory and over $7 million in prize money.

Black Caviar’s success on the track has made her a household name in Australia and a beloved figure in the world of horse racing. She has been inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and was named “Horse of the Year” by the Australian Turf Club on three separate occasions.

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Despite her impressive record, Black Caviar was not without her share of challenges. She suffered a near-fatal muscle tear in 2010 and had to undergo surgery to repair it. And in 2012, she narrowly avoided disaster when she almost fell during the Lightning Stakes but managed to recover and win the race by a nose.

Post Retirement Status

After her retirement, Black Caviar became a successful breeding mare and has produced several talented offspring, including the Group 1 winner Oscietra-winning filly who won the Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2016.
Black Caviar Lightning: A colt who won the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes in 2017.
The Future: A colt who has won two Group 3 races and was placed in several Group 1 races. 

Black Caviar’s offspring have inherited her speed and talent and have had successful careers on the track. It will be interesting to see how they continue to perform in near future.


Black Caviar’s legacy in the world of horse racing is undeniable. She was a fierce competitor who always gave her best and inspired fans around the world with her impressive performances on the track. She will always be remembered as one of the greatest horses in Australian racing history.

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