Her win was marked by over 40,000 fans wanting to be involved in making history.
Black Caviar knows everything there is to know about the Flemington straight: this course is her home turf.
With this easy victory, the horse ridden by Luke Nolan has taken her record on this course a stone’s throw from Melbourne to eight wins.
As she tends to, this sprinter got straight in there over the first 200 yards. Over the 1000-yard race, “Nelly” – her stable name – came in over two lengths ahead of the second-placed Moment Of Change.
Although some uncertainty has been hanging over her form since Ascot in June 2012, Peter Moody’s protégé laid her fans’ fears to rest.
“We were not worried," her trainer explained. “She had had a few good canters and she feels really at home here.”
Retirement was already on the cards for this seven-year-old, with a highly anticipated and lucrative role as a brood mare, but Moody is already organising what will happen after the season: she may be missing the Newmarket Handicap, but her participation in next month’s William Reid Stakes has been confirmed.
In the meantime, she is receiving the attention due to one of her age and status – vet, chiropractor and dietician are at her bedside – because, as well as having easily damaged muscles, “Madame” has a slight tendency to put on weight.