Unbeaten Australian star Black Caviar has been retired, trainer Peter Moody has announced.
The seven-year-old bows out with a record of 25 wins in as many starts, including 15 victories at the highest level.
Black Caviar claimed her final victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
Moody told news.com.au: “(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.”
Black Caviar grabbed plenty of headlines last summer when she made the trip to Britain to contest the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She arrived unbeaten in 21 starts but was made to work hard for victory in the six-furlong contest, eventually holding Moonlight Cloud by just a head.
Black Caviar was subsequently reported to have suffered muscle damage during the race and did not return to action until February this year, when she won the Lightning Stakes at Flemington which was named in her honour.
Moody admitted a second trip to the Royal meeting had been in the thoughts of connections for this year, but they have decided the mare has done enough.
“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,” said Moody.
“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.”
Moody admitted her three wins on home soil this year were something of a bonus, not only for connections but also for Australian racing fans.
”We thought she would be retired post-Ascot,“ he told www.smh.com.au.
”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.”
Co-owner Neil Werrett admitted he did not know last Saturday’s race at Randwick would be Black Caviar’s swansong.
”I didn’t know Saturday was her last run,” Werrett said. ”I thought she would be racing again.”
Black Caviar was partnered by jockey Luke Nolen on all but three starts in a career spanning four years and she retires after earning over £4.5 million in prize money.
The daughter of Bel Esprit is set to say a final farewell to the track when she is paraded at Caulfield on Saturday.