Black Caviar remains perfect, wins Diamond Jubilee by a head

by | 06.23.2012 | 9:48am
Black Caviar, shown winning the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot

Black Caviar kept her perfect record intact with a desperate short-head victory over Moonlight Cloud in the $775,000 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 23.

It appeared that jockey Luke Nolen misjudged the finish wire and stopped riding, which allowed Moonlight Cloud, a group I winning filly in her own right, to almost nail the Australian champion on the wire.

Restiadargent was third, another neck back.  Final time for the six furlongs was 1:14.10.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Yes, yes, yes!

  • Watcher

    Great news for the sport.

    It looked like the jock almost pulled a Shoemaker.

  • Citation1012

    Wow, that was close…maybe the jockey was still on Aussie time.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Hard to believe the the criticism that’s being leveled at the horse just minutes after the race — that her winning margin/performance did not match her reputation.
    Wow. She just won her 22 straight – at Royal Ascot no less. Her connections were incredibly sporting to put on the plane and ship her in.

  • Tinky

    “Black Caviar was not 100 per cent in the race. We’ll look at her when we get home and she might be retired,” 
    – trainer Peter Moody

  • Tiznowbaby

    She’s a six year old mare, and on Australia racing time this is the end of the season. Not surprised.

  • Bourbon Gal

    I agree. The Brits were so quick to say that Frankel would have blown her off the track. Until Frankel ships halfway around the world to the opposite season and runs on ground he’s never experienced, that is pure speculation.

    Shipping an undefeated mare from winter to summer and dealing with so many differences and still winning at the Group 1 level at Royal Ascot is a very big accomplishment. Hooray for Black Caviar!!!

  • Barbara

    She is one of a kind. Managed to win for her fans and give her neigh-sayers much joy all at the same time. Brilliant.

  • Wishfulthinkingfarm

    this mare is amazing, what heart. time to take her home and let her make some babies, where she will be safe and happy. I hope her nay sayers are hanging their heads.
    Wow what a mare you could see the will to win in her whole body. How could they criticise a horse that great. I watched the replay over and over. Her Jockey was honest about his mistake, He had the horse to fix it

  • ManuelB

    One other point to make. 7,000, mostly young people were up at night in Melbourne watching the race on TV. Doesn’t that make one jealous of the interest that Black Caviar has engendered in Australia?

  • Jack wolferseder

    With all due respect to Frankel who would demolish anything on either side of the Atlantic, this performace by Black Caviar is incredible.  Consider the travel, halfway round the planet, that she is on Southern Hemisphere time where winter is beginning and her body clock is making it’s natural adjustments, she ran on ground not to her best liking, and to top it off an unbelievable lapse by the jock.   This was an exhibition of extraordinary courage and talent.  She is truly one of the all-time great thoroughbred racehorses.

  • kdcorcoran

    I want to “like” this 100 times – thank you!

  • Triplecrownquest

    Breed this amazing mare to Frankel!   That is a no brainer.  When he retires that is.

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