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Shock end to Black Caviar's career
Mat Mackay, WWOS
15:00 AEST Wed Apr 17 2013

Black Caviar's owners and trainer have announced the end of the mare's racing career.

Connections of the champion broke the news in Melbourne a short time ago, saying it was time to draw the curtain on a career that captured the imagination of fans around the globe.

In pics: Black Caviar's glittering career

"We thought long and hard about racing on, but she's done everything and more and we decided enough was enough," trainer Peter Moody said.

"She's never looked better, but we wanted to go out on top."

"She's bought tremendous interest to our sport. Black Caviar's don't come a long every day."

Likened to a modern-day Phar Lap, Black Caviar conquered the world's best sprinters with ease, with her 25th and final visit to the track on Saturday desribed as one for the ages.<>

She set a new standard for Group One wins with her 15th in the TJ Smith Stakes putting her above the great Kingston Town.

The significance of the race was not lost on trainer Peter Moody who learned his craft under the late TJ Smith at Randwick.

While the win prompted more talk of a return to Royal Ascot or the possibility she would race on in Australia for another season, Moody said today that the 'time was right'.

She is to be taken to pasture to begin breeding in what will arguably bring greater riches to her owners than any of her memorable victories.

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