The unbeaten champion racehorse Black Caviar has added another prestigious award to her glittering CV, today announced The Racing Personality Of The Year.
The award, decided on by members of the Victorian Racing Media Association, dates back to 1979 and today Black Caviar became the first non-human to win the title.
She joins the likes of racing industry luminaries like Bart Cummings (five times) to Dermot Weld, Bill Collins and Tony Santic as winners of the VRMA award.
She did so by out-voting her team, trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen as well as Craig Williams and popular Queensland trainer Rob Heathcote.
The owners of Black Caviar were in attendance to receive the specially commissioned trophy.
Owner Col Madden said they were delighted to have Black Caviar acknowledged with such a prestigious award.
“What we have come to learn is that as much she is our horse as owners, she is the people and industry’s horse and we are just the lucky ones in the racebook,” he said.
He indicted the mare was likely to return to racing chasing win No 23 in the Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington in early February, with a farewell tour well and truly on the drawing board.
And that could possibly include a return trip to Royal Ascot next June to showcase the mare’s true talent, after her “controversial” skinny win in the Golden Jubilee Stakes this year.
Part-owner Pam Hawkes said initial plans were on the Melbourne Festival of Racing, before a possible trip to Sydney and Brisbane.
“As always she will tell us and we will be guided by Peter Moody, but she doesn’t have to do any more for anyone,” she said.