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Black Caviar Retires Undefeated
In a shock announcement yesterday, trainer Peter Moody and managing owner Neil Werrett announced at a specially convened Caulfield press conference that the great mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) has been retired, reports dailytelegraph.com.au. Undefeated and unyielding in 25 starts, and bettering the mighty Kingston Town's Gr1 record with 15 in winning her final outing in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes last weekend at Randwick, the intimation prior to yesterday afternoon's press conference was that Moody would deliver to Black Caviar's owners "an ultimatum that had included a curtains-drawn proviso if she returned to Royal Ascot." Several potential options involving extending her career were canvassed by connections. These included aiming to again tackle the Gr1 BTC Cup at Doomben (when defeating Hay List in 2010); heading to Adelaide for The Goodwood at Morphettville, which she won in 2011 en route to Royal Ascot; freshen and aim at repeating her UK victory first up. However, after analyzing all options the decision to retire the world's fastest sprinter was made official. Moody explained, "We thought long and hard about racing on, but she's done everything and more and we decided enough was enough… She's never looked better, but we wanted to go out on top." Moody also commented to heraldsun.com.au: "Owners and myself had a long chat over the last couple of days and at lunchtime today we decided 25 was a great number to go out on… Collectively the mare is in great shape. We thought long and hard about Ascot, Brisbane and Adelaide but it's a good time to finish as she's done everything we've asked of her… It's time to pull the career on one of our finest horses ever." The mare mentioned in the same breath as the immortal Phar Lap will now head into retirement and aim to extend the remarkable dynasty of her family. Other than her record for most Gr1 victories, she also set a new benchmark for consecutive Gr1 wins with 8, defying Bernborough's 1946 tally, as well as accruing the most prize money ever by a sprinter ($7,953,936). With her breeding career now taking the spotlight, potential stallion options are sure to be strenuously considered, however Werrett suggested it was unlikely Black Caviar would be mated with Frankel this season to Southern Hemisphere time. One thing that is certain is that the leading studs will be queuing with handshakes and smiles to welcome Australia's darling. Black Caviar will have a final parade at Caulfield on Saturday to allow her fans to bid her adieu. Click the image below to relive Sharon Chapman's vivid interpretation of Black Caviar's last race.