Gilgai Stud owner Rick Jamieson confirmed news that Black Caviar is in foal when a statue of the world-champion mare was unveiled at Nagambie on Thursday.
Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) was born at Gilgai Stud on the 18th of August 2006 and put Nagambie on the map with an unbeaten run of 25 victories. She was retired after winning the G1 T J Smith at Randwick in April and was mated with Darley sire Exceed And Excel last month.
“She means a lot to everyone in the area,” Jamieson said. “I’m honoured that her owners let me make the announcement.”
Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen were among those on hand for the unveiling of a life sized brass statue by sculptor Mitch Mitchell.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Deb Swan said the statue will boost tourism which has suffered since the Goulburn Valley Highway was diverted around the town.
“Hopefully, the statue will lure visitors and they will also come to see our lovely wineries, picturesque lakes and everything else there is to offer in the area,” Swan said. “We’re hoping to develop it like the dog on the tucker box in Gundagai.”