Ascot, United Kingdom: Black Caviar scrambled home to stretch her record to 22 wins from 22 races at Royal Ascot here on Saturday.
The Australian superstar, ridden by Luke Nolan and trained by Peter Moody, edged the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes from French runner Moonlight Cloud.
Black Caviar cruised down the Ascot straight and appeared to have the race in the bag when hitting the front and taking a two length lead into the last 200 metres.
With Moonlight Cloud and Restiadargent closing fast Nolan suddenly had to get to work to ensure the 1-6 favourite retained her unbeaten tag which she did but only by a head.
An anticipated 10,000 Australians in the grandstand then held their collective breath as Nolen initially failed to respond to Moonlight Cloud’s challenge.
However, as the winning post loomed Nolen telegraphed his misjudgement when he became animated in the saddle.
He pushed hard on the reins for the last two strides but by then the damage had been done.
It was as well for the over-confident jockey that Black Caviar’s head was fully extended as she reached the wire. But for that, Nolen’s antics might well have cost Black Caviar her unbeaten record – not to mention his reputation in the saddle.