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Black Caviar makes winning return in Melbourne

By Alysen Miller, CNN
updated 10:22 AM EST, Sat February 16, 2013
Jockey Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins her 23rd consecutive race, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in Melbourne.
Jockey Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar wins her 23rd consecutive race, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in Melbourne.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Wonder horse Black Caviar returns to action after injury layoff
  • Undefeated mare wins by two-and-a-half-lengths to record 23rd victory

(CNN) -- 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?

Black Caviar extends winning streak

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.

"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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