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Black Caviar’'s vast shadow still hovers above the racetrack

ALMOST six months into retirement, Black Caviar’s vast shadow still hovers above the racetrack.


Black CaviarThe legendary mare was last night awarded her third straight Racehorse Of The Year title, matching Sunline’s three-peat from 2000-2002. Black Caviar, not surprisingly, was also voted champion sprinter.


In winning, Black Caviar thrashed four gallopers she never encountered on a racetrack, including her younger half brother All Too Hard.


Ninety eight members of the racing media and racing administration gave Black Caviar 251 of a possible 294 votes; a cakewalk for the mare whose final season at the track was a relative cameo, of three unbeaten starts.


Black Caviar’s swansong campaign featured wins in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington, the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley and the T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick.


She retired unbeaten in 25 starts.


On accepting the award, managing owner Neil Werrett described her as a phenomenon.


"I'm not sure how it happened other than she just kept on winning races and the Australian public got behind her, then the British public and she became a worldwide legend. It happened so quickly and we got sucked along," he said.


Werrett said Black Caviar was not yet in foal to top sire Exceed And Excel.


He said that Peter Moody kept ringing him to check whether she was in foal.


"He keeps telling me that if she's not in foal by November 1 to bring her back into work,"  Werrett said.


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