Moody revealed the news to news.com.au, saying “(The) 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. She's got a few aches and pains but we always wanted to make sure she finished on a good note. After Ascot we were going to retire but in the finish we got three more runs out of her.”
To go unbeaten in any sport is a rarity, and Black Caviar has managed that over four seasons. 15 of her 25 races were at top Group level, so she undoubtedly will go down as a champion at the highest level.
The decision had been in the minds of connections since her win in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, when she just held off Moonlight Cloud by a head. After the race she was found to have had torn some muscles, and only returned to the track in February this year.
Then she won the Lightning Stakes at Flemington, breaking the course record in the process, and was then indicted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. A further win at Moonee Valley last month set up the chance to break another record on Saturday in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick.
Black Caviar duly won, and in doing so set a new Australian record of 15 Group 1 successes. Moody said he viewed these last three victories as a bonus, particularly for the Australian racing public, who thus became the last racegoers to see a true champion at work.