Black Caviar has joined Australasia’s great race-mares Sunline and Makybe Diva in winning successive Australian Racehorse of the Year awards at a gala function in Melbourne on Sunday night.
Dual Cox Plate winner Sunline won the award on three successive years from 1999 to 2002 while triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva was crowned the champion galloper in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons.
Caulfield-Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power was also crowned champion racehorse two years in a row in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999.
Black Caviar made it two wins in succession for the Peter Moody stable last season after Typhoon Tracy won the award in 2009-2010 and this year’s decision was never in doubt with Black Caviar winning her sixth Group 1 for the season with a dramatic win in the £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot in England on June 23.
The world’s highest ranked sprinter remained undefeated with her narrow win at Royal Ascot and with her six Group 1 victories among her nine wins during the season took her undefeated tally to twenty-two.
The 2011-2012 season saw Black Caviar win her second Group 1 $750,000 Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) in the Autumn and her second Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) in the Spring, both at Flemington.
Moody, who took out the Champion Group 1 Trainer Award for the second year in succession with ten wins in Australia, successfully took Black Caviar to England to win before the Queen at Royal Ascot to collect his eleventh Group 1 for the season.
“I’ve been blessed to have trained her, but I’m the one who walks behind her with a shovel,” Moody said.
“She does the rest.”
Part owner Pam Hawkes was on hand to share in the presentation of the awards and gave some insight of what it is like to own a champion racehorse.
“It’s been a great thrill and we’ve had a marvellous time throughout the year and we owe it all to Black Caviar” Hawkes said.
“The Lightning win was so breathtaking that I don’t think I took a breath for the entire fifty-five seconds of the race”.
Black Caviar in currently in light training with a decision if the mighty mare will return to racing in the Autumn to be made at a later date by connections.
The Gai Waterhouse trained Pierro and More Joyous took out the Champion two year and Champion Middle distance awards while the Mark Kavanagh trainer Atlantic Jewel was the three year old filly Champion with Sepoy taking out the colts and geldings section.
Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden was crowned the Champion stayer while top Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller was the Champion Group 1 jockey with ten wins at the top level.