Victorians are to share in Black Caviar's quest to become racing royalty, at a very special live screening of Royal Ascot at Federation Square this Saturday night.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the undefeated Victorian born and bred champion will be chasing her 22nd consecutive win in the prestigious Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes – her first race outside Australia.
"Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody says the great mare has travelled well and is in the best form of her career. I urge all Victorians to be a part of this exciting event which kicks off at 10.45pm with free entertainment, a fashion competition, memorabilia and ticket giveaways," Dr Napthine said.
"It is estimated up to 8,000 Australians will be at Royal Ascot for this historic racing event and we are expecting hundreds, if not thousands at Federation Square for the next best place to watch the race.
"The live screening at Federation Square will also include the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot, who will be amongst the crowd to witness this historic moment for the mare dubbed the 'Thunder from Down Under' by the British press.
"Black Caviar is one of Australia's greatest racing sensations. Team Caviar, headed by trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen, has been precise in its preparations for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and I have no doubt that the she will once again prove why she is the world's greatest sprinter," Dr Napthine said.
Highlights of the big night include:
- Event to start at 10.45pm and to be hosted by Tommy Little from The Project;
- Live Music from Melbourne's own Matt Hetherington, featured on The Voice;
- Three races to be shown with Black Caviar's race (race three) the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 12.45am, and the arrival of the Queen at Royal Ascot at 11pm;
- Welcome desk for special souvenir race books and an exclusive giveaway of special 'I ♥ Black Caviar' scarves to be given away to the first 500 people;
- A best dressed competition will be held for the best Black Caviar inspired outfit with prizes worth $2,000;
- Specially dressed Black Caviar jockeys handing out flags and t-shirts;
- 500 people will also be given a ticket to the launch of Night Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse which is on 28 September; and
- A TAB van is onsite for those wishing to place a bet on the races at Royal Ascot.
The special public event is thanks to the Victorian Coalition Government providing $38,300 in partnership with Racing Victoria contributing $35,000.