Black Caviar back in 'light work'
Black Caviar has returned to light training as a decision on her racing career moves nearer.
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The unbeaten six-year-old mare will be transferred to her home in Caulfield, Victoria, by the end of the month, when trainer Peter Moody must decide whether to keep her in competitive action.
"We all want to see her race again," said Moody.
"I think Australia wants to see her race again.
"But bearing in mind it's never been a financial thing with the owners - they're not desperate - we're not going to race her for the sake of racing her.
"She's back doing light work this week and we're very pleased with her condition.
"She looks superb, but if I feel that she doesn't want to be there or there's an issue with her soundness, I won't hesitate to retire her."
Black Caviar has won all 22 of her races - 12 of which in Group One company - but perhaps did not show her true colours to a worldwide audience when scrambling home at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Moody accepts the daughter of Bel Esprit's remarkable record on a racetrack could be a significant factor when determining her future.
He told The Age: "I know I am the person who's going to be kicked to death if she gets beaten and the owners will be called money-grabbing people - and a lot worse than that.
"She's got this aura of invincibility. That's what has endeared her to the greater public, so we're very mindful and protective of that.
"The industry would love to see her back."