K Caviar trainer Peter Moody insists the record-breaking Australian mare was never given steroids, after concerns were raised over the results of racehorses from Down Under, where doping laws are less strict.
Jockey Luke Nolen rode Black Caviar to victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last year – one of the unbeaten seven-year-old sprinter’s 25 consecutive wins before she was retired last month. Steroid use is permitted in Australia when horses are not competing. Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned for eight years last week for doping horses based in Britain, where it is outlawed.
Asked whether Black Caviar had been given steroids, Moody said: “nil”, adding: “Steroids increase bulk. Black Caviar was a huge mare. It would’ve been counter-productive.”