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The Jockeys

The boys who Black Caviar have taken for a joy ride!

Luke Nolen

Date of Birth – 12 March 1980
First Winner – Price Hike,
Albury, October 1998
First Group 1 Winner – Wonderful World,
Caulfield Guineas, October 2006

Biggest wins:
2012: Diamond Jubilee Stakes (UK), Australian Cup,
Ranvet Stakes , The Goodwood, The BMW, Stradbroke
Handicap, Lightning Stakes , C.F. Orr Stakes ;
2011: Newmarket Handicap, William Reid Stakes , Lightning
Stakes , CF Orr Stakes , Australasian Oaks, BTC Cup,
TJ Smith Stakes , Patinack Farm Classic;
2010: Orr Stakes , Futurity Stakes , Newmarket Hcp,
Queen of the Turf Stakes , Caulfield Guineas;
2009: Coolmore Stakes , Myer Classic, BTC Cup,
Blue Diamond Stakes , WATC Derby;
2007: WS Cox Plate ;
2006: Caulfield Guineas.

The 2011/12 season marked another stellar chapter in Nolen’s
career which keeps reaching new heights. He took out the
Victorian Jockey’s Premiership for the third successive season
and the state’s top riding award – the Scobie Breasley Medal –
for the second year running. His year was made even better as
he partnered the world’s best sprinting mare Black Caviar to win
another six G1 races including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at
Royal Ascot.

Nolen, who began his riding apprenticeship in Dalby Queensland, hit the big time with his 2007 Cox Plate success on El Segundo. About six months later he was involved in a shocking fall from the Bart Cummings trained Antidotes at Doomben which caused severe facial and leg injuries that kept him out of the saddle for six months. After arriving in Melbourne from Queensland Nolen began riding for former Queensland trainer Peter Moody by accident. Nolen’s brother Shaun had ridden for Moody in Queensland and Melbourne newcomer Moody thought he was booking Shaun when he booked Luke for two winning rides at Sale.

With their initial association “clicking”, Moody and Nolen soon became one of the most successful combinations in Victoria, a partnership which dominated the 2009/10 season. Nolen rode 133 winners for the year, including 67 in the city to claim his first Melbourne premiership. Four of his six Group 1 wins for the year were aboard Moody’s mighty mare Typhoon Tracy.

Victorian Metro Premiership last five years:
20011/12  1st -
2010/11  1st -
2009/10  1st - 67
2008/09  6th - 39
2007/08  7th - 36
2006/07  5th - 42
2005/06  5th - 45


Jarrad Noske

Jarrad Noske was the first to pilot Black Caviar to her early victories, with a win on debut in the 2yo Handicap over 1000m at Flemington – Jarrad claimed 1.5kg on the filly that day – so she breezed down the straight with only 51.5kg on her back to win by 5 lengths. Jarrad got to stick with her in the Blue Sapphire-LR at Caulfield where they zoomed around the course to beat the subsequent stakes winners Demerit and Carrara by a mere 6 lengths.

Luke Nolen has partnered the champion since that day for all but one start; whilst suspended young Ben Melham took the rains in her first attempt at Group One.

Ben Melham

Black Caviar on her way to her first Group One victory also supplied Ben with his maiden Group One – when saluting in the Patinack Farm Stakes at Flemington on the final day of the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival.


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