The incredible mare’s trainer Peter Moody and managing owner Neil Werrett announced their decision at a press conference at Caulfield Racecourse.

“We thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career,” Moody said.

“She’s in great shape and that’s the way we wanted her to bow out. We just thought the time was right… it was a hard decision.”

Black Caviar, known as Nelly in the stables, captured the imagination of racing fans and drew many new ones to the sport as she made every raceday appearance a sea of her pink with black polka dot colours.

Moody admitted they’d considered retiring Black Caviar after her win at Royal Ascot last year, but she ran on for three more wins.

“We got three more runs than we thought we were ever going to have,” he said. “We thought she would be retired post-Ascot.

“But we’ve been fortunate to bring her home here and I think the owners are to be congratulated on allowing me to race her on and give the Australian public three more opportunities to see her.

“We’ve done our job, she’s more than done hers, she’s been a great advocate for the sport.

“She brought interest to our sport that hasn’t been there for decades. Black Caviars don’t come along every day.”

Black Caviar’s record came on seven different tracks with an aggregate margin of victories of 79.7 lengths.  

Her entire racing career lasted 1671.96 seconds or 27.87 minutes, during which she earned $318,253.43 per race or $4758.69 per second.

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