Champion sprinter Black Caviar has made a triumphant return with a commanding victory in the race renamed in her honour at Flemington.
Commencing what is expected to be her final campaign, the six-year-old is now undefeated in 23 starts following the all-the-way win under regular jockey Luke Nolen in the 1000m straight-course feature now known as the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
It’s the third straight time the Peter Moody-trained star has won the race.
Racing for the first time since her triumph in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot last June, Black Caviar slammed her rivals in a course record time with stablemates Moment Of Change and Golden Archer second and third respectively.
“I’m just so proud of her... I’m a little bit emotional for the first time, shit it’s good to have her back,” Moody said.