Black Caviar extends winning streak
Trainer Peter Moody admitted he "was lost for words" after Black Caviar extended her unbeaten record to 23 in a race named in her honour at Flemington.
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The astounding sprinter broke the track record with an exceptional comeback performance in the Group One Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
It was her first run since she claimed a dramatic victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Although the great mare's racing career had been in the balance following her exertions in England, Black Caviar made a seamless return to the track by defeating Moment Of Change by two and a half lengths.
Moody said: "I am proud to have her back. I am just so proud of her and my team. We were on a hiding to nothing by bringing her back.
"The job was done and we thought it was over, but to come back and do that and run a record, I'm lost for words.
"I think it was the first time I've been nervous for a long time - I suppose it was the seven-month break - but I'm just so proud of her."
Jockey Luke Nolen said: "She didn't tow up like she can through the early and middle stages.
"But she towed me into it nicely and I gave her a squeeze because I didn't want to get complacent with win 23.
"Because you're out on your own and it is a big track when the rail is back to the true and the wind is going about you don't get a real appreciation of how quick you are going.
"I had a look at the time when I rolled back in and I thought we might have gone a bit quicker than how it felt.
"She continues to amaze me."