Champion sprinter Black Caviar completed another milestone in an illustrious career by becoming only the second thoroughbred inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame while still racing.
Fresh from her historic 23rd successive win in last Saturday's Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, the wonder mare joined dual Cox Plate winner Sunline (2002) as inductees while still racing.
Black Caviar upstaged Makybe Diva, who won three consecutive Melbourne Cups (2003-05), but was not inducted until she had retired.
Connections have hinted that Black Caviar is likely to have another Melbourne start, in the $400,000 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 22, before heading to Sydney for the $1 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 13 and a possible trip to Queensland before retirement.
If the daughter of Bel Esprit wins her next three starts, she will have notched 16 Group 1 wins, surpassing Kingston Town's record of 14 Group 1 wins for an Australian galloper.
Black Caviar has won $7,104,936 in stakes from her 23 starts, which includes Group 1 wins in four States and her international win in last year's Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot.
At last night's ceremony in Melbourne, inaugural member Carbine, who carried a record 66kg to win the 1890 Melbourne Cup, was elevated to legend status with Phar Lap, Makybe Diva, Bart Cummings, Arthur "Scobie" Breasley and Tommy Smith.
Other thoroughbreds inducted were Australia's most famous jumper Crisp, 1951 Melbourne Cup winner Delta and Star Kingdom, who sired the first five Golden Slipper winners and was a sire of sires.
Hughie Cairns, who became the first jockey to win the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in 1926, and champion Victorian apprentice Geoff Lane were the two hoops inducted.
Bruce McLachlan, a winner of 16 Brisbane trainers' titles, was the only trainer inducted, while in the associates group renowned Sydney farrier Albert O'Cass OAM, South Australian bloodstock agent and administrator David Coles AM, and inventor of the totaliser Sir George Julius were inducted.Sir George, who thought of the idea of a totaliser to count votes during a dispute over the counting of votes at a union meeting while he was working for then WA Railways, introduced the modern totaliser at Gloucester Park, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand in the early 1900s.
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