Black Caviar: A record that is hard to beat

9 February 2024 Written by VRC

Black Caviar records the fastest 1000 metres at Flemington in 2013.

As with any athlete, if the right conditions are presented the performance can be well above expectation. For Black Caviar this was clearly the case as she ran in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1) – a race she had won for the previous two years and was now renamed in her honour. 

As it turned out, Black Caviar had the habit of scaring off a few runners on occasions but having said that you can only beat who turns up, including two of her stable mates in Moment of Change and Golden Archer. It was only apt that in her third consecutive attempt at the rich 1000 metre sprint the planets would align to put on a breathtaking performance. There weren’t any Hay Lists or Bufferings to contend with, but for some reason they carved out the sectionals; so much so that Black Caviar would record a brilliant 55.42 sec in the weight-for-age sprint. 

It was as if she knew this would be her last performance at Flemington and she wanted to put on a show that everyone would remember.

And what better way to do it than to break the track record in the process. Peter Moody trained the first three placegetters.

Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar heads to the start before winning her 23rd consecutive race, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes during Lightning Stakes Day at Flemington on February 16, 2013. ( Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Join us in celebrating the legacy of the great Black Caviar whose stellar career consisted of 25 undefeated races. Some of the world’s fastest horses will be lining up in the $1,000,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), named in the legendary mare’s honour.

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