Black Caviar at the Moody Stables
Black Caviar at the Moody Stables

Black Caviar at the Moody Stables, Caulfield

(Photo : The Australian)


Thursday 21 February 2013

Unbeaten champion racehorse, Black Caviar’s place in Australia’s sporting history has been officially cemented with her induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

The Peter Moody-trained superstar, who claimed her 23rd win last Saturday in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, joins dual Cox Plate heroine, Sunline, as the only horses to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame while still racing.

The six-year-old mare, who conquered the world’s best sprinters at Royal Ascot last June, joins exalted company including Phar Lap, Carbine, Tulloch, Kingston Town, Manikato and Makybe Diva.

A 13-time Group 1 winner and dual Australian Racehorse of the Year, Black Caviar was one of 10 racing greats welcomed into the Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Joining the Victorian-bred and trained champion in the 2013 induction were three racehorses, three associates, two jockeys and a trainer, swelling the Hall of Fame membership to 142.

Inaugural member Carbine, who carried a record 66kg to victory in the 1890 Melbourne Cup, was elevated to ‘Legend’ status alongside Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Bart Cummings, Arthur ‘Scobie’ Breasley and Tommy Smith.

The equines entering the Hall of Fame with Black Caviar were Australia’s most famous jumper Crisp, 1951 Melbourne Cup winner Delta and Star Kingdom, who sired the first five Golden Slipper winners.

‘Hughie’ Cairns, who in 1926 became the first rider to win the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year, and Victoria’s champion apprentice of the late 1950s, Geoff Lane, were the jockeys inducted.

Bruce McLachlan, a winner of 16 Brisbane training premierships, was the lone trainer inducted, while the three associates were renowned Sydney farrier Albert O’Cass OAM, leading South Australian bloodstock agent and administrator David Coles AM, and the inventor of the totalisator, Sir George Julius.

Extract from Racing and Sports