Star Australian racemare Black Caviar is getting back on the track next month in her first racetrack appearance since winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.
Black Caviar – Nelly at home – will gallop in between races on February 2 on her home track of Caulfield at the Club’s National Jockeys’ Trust race day.
Special Guests on the day will include Black Caviar’s owners David & Jill Taylor and Gary & Kerrin Wilkie.
MRC Chief Executive, Alasdair Robertson, expressed his delight at the prospect of welcoming Caulfield’s first lady back to the track for her final campaign, at her home course.
“We are so pleased to give the public of Melbourne the opportunity to come and see Black Caviar as she prepares to embark upon her final campaign,” Robertson said.
“Caulfield has been Black Caviar’s home for four years, and was the scene of her first black-type win. It is most fitting that she be welcomed back to the turf from her memorable victory at Ascot, at Caulfield.”
The MRC is set to announce further details surrounding the appearance, including the scheduled timing of the gallop, in the coming week.
The champion sprinter remains on track to resume in the Group One Lightning Stakes (1000m) – which has been renamed the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in her honour – on February 16.
Black Caviar is back in work at Peter Moody’s Caulfield stables having not raced since she pulled up sore from her Royal Ascot victory in June.
Moody has been cautious about her comeback, stressing she will only race again if he is satisfied she is back to her best.
“Very pleased, looking forward to the Lightning on the 16th of February,” Moody said.
Earlier this month, Black Caviar was rated 130 by the 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) and the Champion Sprinter in the World for the third consecutive year.
Undefeated champion Frankel, who has been retired to stud and will not race again, topped the listings at 140.
In 2012 Black Caviar won all six starts, including five at Group 1 level and extended her career winning sequence to 22 after winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Her rating of 130 was achieved in winning the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington, where she defeated her great rival Hay List in February.
Australia’s representative on the WTR Committee, Greg Carpenter, said the rating assigned to Black Caviar reflects her brilliant win over Hay List, her nearest rival in the World sprint division in the Lightning.
“It confirms her position as the greatest sprinter and the greatest female equine athlete world racing has seen in the modern era,” Carpenter said.
Black Caviar headed the Sprint division ahead of Hay List (125), who achieved his rating in carrying 58.5kg to a courageous victory over Buffering in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March.
Black Caviar and Hay List led a total domination of the Turf Sprint division by Australian bred horses with the next five spots being filled by Atlantic Jewel (122), Rocket Man (122), Sepoy (122), Foxwedge (121) and Mental (121).
Black Caviar also headed the Four Years Old and Up Mares Mile category (1301m-1899m) for her effortless win in the Group 1 Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield in February when she was assigned a mark of 125.
The 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings take into account all performances throughout the world, irrespective of where individual horses raced or were trained, during the calendar year.