Aussie fans experience joy, relief-and disappointment-after Black Caviar’s win
Black Caviar’s perfect record wasn’t the only thing on the line in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. National pride was also at stake.
Not since Phar Lap traveled from Australia to North America in 1932 had so much been expected of a Thoroughbred who was considered a national hero. Not only was Black Caviar expected to win by the Australian racing and sport fans, she was expected to ‘win big’.
After her race on Saturday, not only were there feelings of pride and relief, but there was also something unexpected-disappointment.
“It was just not supposed to be like this,” writes Richard Hinds of the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The incredible hype around Black Caviar had created overwhelming confidence we would witness an exhibition of athletic excellence. Instead, we got a contest. Not since the lavatories at Flemington blocked up on Melbourne Cup day have so many at a race track been forced to hold their breath.”