Australian superstar racehorse Black Caviar has been retired unbeaten after 25 consecutive wins.

The seven-year-old mare’s last run was on Saturday (13 April) at Randwick, Sydney, when she won the TJ Smith Stakes  — recording her 15th Group One victory.

The daughter of Bel Esprit had become a household name in her native Australia, and British racing fans had been looking forward to a possible return to UK soil this summer.

Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot by just a head last summer. However, it was found she had torn a muscle and spent eight months off when she famously put on some “holiday weight”.

Trainer Peter Moody was confident she’d get back in shape — and she made a winning return to the track in February in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

Moody announced today (Wednesday 17 April) that she would be retired and have a break, before a breeding career.

“She has done everything we have asked her to do,” Moody told press.

“We thought long and hard about racing on but believe she has done everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career.

“She’s in great shape and that’s the way we wanted her to bow out. We just thought the time was right — it was a hard decision.

“After Ascot we were going to retire, but in the finish we got three more runs out of her.

“She brought interest to our sport that hasn’t been there for decades.”