Australia’s Queen of the turf Black Caviar has arrived back in Melbourne overnight after her history making win at Royal Ascot in England which took her record to twenty-two consecutive wins.
The unbeaten champ travelled from London with new stable acquisition Voila Ici and the pair will spend the next two weeks in quarantine at the Werribee International Horse Centre.
Black Caviar along with trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolan met Her Majesty The Queen after the mighty mare kept her unbeaten record intact in winning the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
Spring plans are still up in the air with Moody wanting to wait and see how Black Caviar recovers from injuries received in her historic Royal Ascot win.
Moody decided to send Black Caviar straight back to Australia without another European start when the mighty mare sustained muscle damage in her hind quarters in her courageous head win over Moonlight Cloud in the Diamond Jubilee.
Even though Black Caviar scored by the shortest margin of her twenty-two wins, Moody was ecstatic at the result and at the opportunity to meet The Queen.
“You only have to win by a quarter of an inch,” Moody said.
“That is what we were prepared to do and we got the job done.”
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling to be standing here.”
“This is something I never thought I would experience, meeting the Queen, it was quite overwhelming. As we all know, Her Majesty is a horse lover.”
“It was a meeting of the two Queens of Australia.”
Italian stayer Voila Ici will begin a Spring campaign when released from quarantine and Moody will aim the seven year old towards the Group 1 $2.5 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 20 and the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6.