Chris Roots June 24, 2012
Black Caviar, ridden by Luke Nolen in the pink, see off her rivals in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Photo: Getty Images
Black Caviar scored the narrowest but sweetest win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last night.
Luke Nolen gave the nation a heart attack when he tried to give her an easier time in the last 100 metres. As his rivals rode out with the whip, Nolen appeared to sit up with 75 metres.
It was only in the last couple of strides he realised the unbeaten mare could get beaten and pushed hard to hold off French second favourite Moonlight Cloud and Restiadargent.
"I underestimate the testing track. I tried to shut her down," Luke Nolen said after Black Caviar's 22nd win.
"It was a brain fade ... I just got it wrong."
Moody let out a big sigh of relief.
"You only have to winning by a quarter of inch and we got the job done," Peter Moody said.
Timeform is expected to lift Black Caviar to 137 or 138 making her the highest rated mare in history after the win surpassing Allez France, the French champion of the 1970s, and England's great sprinter of the 1980s, Habibti.
She received the royal seal with the Queen making a special to the back of the Royal box to watch Australia's racing queen parade. When Black Caviar step on the hallowed turf she was greeted by roar from the crowd, which is usually reserved for a winner returning.
The Queen came down into the parade ring to pat Black Caviar before giving her owners the trophy.