Black Caviar makes winning return in Melbourne

Jockey Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins her 23rd consecutive race, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in Melbourne.

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  • Wonder horse Black Caviar returns to action after injury layoff
  • Undefeated mare wins by two-and-a-half-lengths to record 23rd victory

Undefeated wonder horse Black Caviar maintained her perfect record with a convincing win on Saturday in a race named after her -- the Black Caviar Lightening Stakes at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

The six-year-old superstar, who has now won all 23 of her races, had been on the brink of retirement after sustaining muscle damage during a narrow victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.

Read: Last hurrah for Black Caviar?

But she has been gradually regaining full fitness under trainer Peter Moody, who used a combination of hydrotherapy and laser treatment to get his charge back in racing trim.

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"We were on a hiding to nothing by bringing her back," Moody said.

"The job was done and we thought it was over, but to come back and do that and run a record, I'm lost for words," he added.

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