The Black Caviar Trail is a tour of Victoria’s prime thoroughbred breeding region, celebrating the enormous success of the champion racehorse Black Caviar and highlighting the credentials and history of the regional thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

The trail takes in 25 designated sites of significance, connecting the city to the central corridor of Victoria. You can explore for yourself by customising your drive, picking and choosing which of the sites you wish to explore, and which ones you may leave out for another day.

Be captivated by the picturesque countryside, passing by thoroughbred establishments of note, visit wineries, cafes,  restaurants, enjoy a river cruise and, take a moment to reflect on the success of the champion Black Caviar, grabbing the perfect photo opportunity standing beside her statue,  situated on the foreshore of Lake Nagambie.

Black Caviar was born on 18 August 2006 at 5.20 am at Gilgai Farm in Nagambie, Victoria. She grew up on the Goulburn River property and then went to Swettenham Stud in December 2007 for a 10-week yearling preparation where she was then sold for $210,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

25 Facts about Black Caviar

1 Black Caviar was born on August 18, 2006. She was bottle fed as a foal.

2 Her sire is Bel Esprit, her dam is Helsinge.

3 She stands 16.2 hands.

4 She weighs around 590kg.

5 Her stable name is Nelly.

6 Black Caviar was sold at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $210,000 to the bid of trainer Peter Moody.

7 Moody syndicated her to a group of friends from Sydney and Melbourne who agreed to buy the filly during their annual houseboat cruise on the Murray River in 2008.

8 Part-owner Pam Hawkes was responsible for the mare’s name. Hawkes is a lover of seafood, particularly black caviar.

9 Owners Gary and Kerryn Wilkie’s daughter came up with the jockey’s colours – salmon pink with black dots to represent the caviar.

10 She loves the beach and swimming.

11 Three jockeys won on Black Caviar – Luke Nolen (22 wins); Jarrod Noske (two); and Ben Melham.

12 Her 25 wins were achieved on seven different tracks.

13 She started odds-on favourite in every race after her debut at Flemington in April 2009, where bookmakers offered a generous $3.

14 She won 15 Group 1 races, beating the all-time record of Kingston Town.

15 Her aggregate winning margin for her 25 wins was a combined total of 79.7 lengths.

16 Her average winning margin was more than three lengths.

17 Her unbeaten streak is the longest in world racing for more than a century. Only the great Hungarian mare of the 1870s, Kincsem (unbeaten in 54 races), has had a longer winning streak.

18 Her fastest 200m split was 9.98sec, equating her to a top speed of 72.14km/h.

19 Her beaten rivals totalled 193.

20 Her winning streak stretched for 1456 days.

21 Her peak Timeform rating of 136 was the highest ever given to a mare.


22 She raced for a total of 1671.96secs or 27.87mins.

23 She earned $318,253.43 per race, or $4758.69 per second.

24 AFL star Dale Thomas lost a bet with part-owner David Taylor that Black Caviar wouldn’t win 20 straight. He now has an image of the mare tattooed on his backside.

25 She has an egg in her feed every day.


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