Black Caviar’s owners are celebrating with the knowledge that their horse remains unbeaten after 13 impressive runs, the last of which was in the BTC Cup at Doomben last Saturday.
Co-owners Colin and Jannene Madden spent yesterday dining with friends at the Byron Bay Restaurant on their way back to Melbourne, with the BTC Cup trophy sitting at their side.
Mr Madden says the Black Caviar syndicate is not about the money, but bringing everyone together.
“There are five families in the syndicate and we all take turns at the trophies and make full replicas for all,” Mr Madden said.
“We want everyone to share the fun; it’s not about the money.
“That’s why we’re here to have lunch with Ross and Jenny (Burgess).”
Mr Madden said they originally formed the syndicate after co-owner Neil Werrett’s wife passed away to show their support.
“It was so we could have something to laugh about rather than cry about, and to my amazement we got our money back,” he said.
Mr Madden does not believe comparisons should be made between Black Caviar and the great Phar Lap.
“There is only one Phar Lap, even though (Black Caviar) is getting close on one point of measurement – Phar Lap won 14 consecutive races,” Mr Madden said.
The owners credit Black Caviar’s success not only to her spectacular talent, but also to Peter Moody’s training abilities.
“He is a knockabout kind of a guy and a great horseman,” Mr Madden said of Moody.
“He selected her and trained her with incredible patience, because big horses can hurt themselves.”
Mr Madden is also thankful that they have been able to forge a partnership with a jockey such as Luke Nolen.
“And Luke Nolen is an extraordinary jockey, the way he paced her on Saturday … it’s a great team and we just tag along,” he said.
Her owners will be hoping Black Caviar will give them further reason to celebrate when she takes on the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane on May 28.