ICONIC mare Black Caviar is set to embark on a breeding career after being retired unbeaten with 25 wins, but an eagerly anticipated union with the world’s best thoroughbred, Frankel, appears to be off.
The Australian seven-year-old underlined her reputation as the planet’s best sprinter by winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, one of 15 career Group One triumphs.
She notched three more victories this year following a quadriceps tear but her owners have decided against another trip to Ascot this summer, followed by a meeting with unbeaten British great Frankel.
“She’s in great shape and that’s the way we wanted her to bow out,” said trainer Peter Moody. “We just thought the time was right. It was a hard decision. She brought interest to our sport that hasn’t been there for decades. Black Caviars don’t come along every day.”
Black Caviar, who won more than £4.5m in prize money and graced the cover of Australia Vogue magazine, is set for a breeding career, but part-owner Neil Werrett played down previous talk of mating her with £125,000-a-foal stud Frankel. He said: “Now she is retiring in Australia, it is very doubtful Frankel will be her romance.”