Black Caviar carrying first foal as Nagambie immortalises the champion in bronze | Black Caviar

Black Caviar carrying first foal as Nagambie immortalises the champion in bronze

ALEX WHITE NEWS LIMITED OCTOBER 24, 2013 

CHAMPION racehorse Black Caviar is pregnant with her first foal.

Breeder Rick Jamieson revealed the legendary mare was carrying a foal moments before her monument in Nagambie was unveiled.

The sire is Exceed and Excel.

Mr Jamieson said he found out the news an hour before the ceremony.

"I was very excited and honoured the owners let me make the announcement."

A life-size statue of the racehorse was unveiled at her birthplace of Nagambie today.

Hundreds of fans turned out dressed in salmon and black to celebrate the undefeated champion.

Among the crowd was Sally Lehnhardt from San Francisco, who clocked up more than 3 million air miles to watch the champion race.

She was excited to be in Nagambie and waved a flag as the curtain revealed the statue of jockey Luke Nolen riding the wonder horse home in the Schweppes Stakes at Moonee Valley in October, 2011.

"I think she is the greatest racehorse I will see in my lifetime so to see her state unveiled in her birthplace is fantastic," she said.

One of eight owners Kerrin Wilkie said she was excited to see the statue before the reveal.

"I haven't seen it and I am looking forward to it," she said.

"I thought it would all be over when she retired but it just keeps going."

Accompanying her were her grandchildren, Taylor, 2 and six-month-old Jackson dressed in salmon jumpsuits with the iconic black spots - Black Caviar's racing colours.

Before the reveal Nolen revealed the champion was a bit of a joker and a diva on the farm who stepped up to every race.

He was almost moved to tears talking about the mare and said it was a dream come true to ride her.

Champion breeder Rick Jamieson said: "We are all proud Australians we are all proud Victorian this is a great day for Australia.

"As Nagambians we can say we bred the best horse in racing history."

The statue would be a beacon for tourists, said Strathbogie Shire mayor Deb Swan, who said Nagambie was the "hidden gem" of the region.

"It really shines a light on Nagambie and the shire and the excellence of horse breeding in the area,'' Cr Swan said.

"Having such an iconic horse born here is fantastic … and by having something such as this is a huge drawcard and will be a benefit to the region.''

Black Caviar cantered into history after her 25 races undefeated, including at Royal Ascot, her first and only race outside Australia.

Black Caviar's amazing triumphs have allowed the champion to meet all types of racing royalty including Queen Elizabeth, who awarded Black Caviar the cup after she won the Diamond ­Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June last year.

Installer Brian Bourchier gave the statue a last-minute polish ahead of its unveiling.
Sculptor Mitch Mitchell created the work in his Richmond studio from a photo of jockey Luke Nolen riding the wonder horse home in the Schweppes Stakes.

 

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