BLACK CAVIAR came within a whisker of losing her unbeaten record
after jockey Luke Nolen dropped his hands in the closing stages and
seemed to miss Moonlight Cloud sneaking up the stands' side rail.
The Australian sensation was less imperious than her 1-6 odds and
massive reputation suggested, but she was heading for an easy victory
after powering a length clear of front-runner Soul.
Yet to the horror of the thousands of Black Caviar fans watching at
Royal Ascot, on big screens back in Australia and on TV screens around
the globe, Nolen stopped riding out even as two rivals crept up on his
Only in the shadow of the post did he begin riding out again,
flashing past the post amid a cacophony of noise coming from a packed
Royal Ascot grandstand awash with Black Caviar's black and salmon