Black Caviar locks horns with best pal Billy the goat
Kelly Ryan From: Herald Sun September 05, 2011
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SUPERSTAR sprinter Black Caviar is happiest at home, kidding around with best mate, Billy the goat.
When the world's best racehorse isn't tearing up the track, she's locking horns with her headstrong paddock pal.
The internationally acclaimed mare has no competition on the course.
Yet she endures a stubborn contest of wills when apples and carrots are tossed her way but then has to fight nimble-hoofed Billy for her share.
One of the most loved racehorses of all time, Black Caviar is now even breaking records off the track.
With 13 wins from 13 starts, she could equal Phar Lap's record of 14 when she kicks off her spring racing campaign in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on October 8.
And tonight, she becomes the first animal tale ever told on Australian Story on ABC1 at 8pm.
Exclusive Herald Sun photos reveal that "Nelly" - or "The Princess" as she's known at home - has some secret training weapons.
Even when the five-year-old should be relaxing, riding out the rough and tumble of her regular rumbles with Billy keeps her focused and relaxed.
Trainer Peter Clarke, with whom she currently lives in northern Victoria, said the animal mates shared a strong bond.
He credits the goat for being instrumental in Black Caviar's unbeatable form.
"There's always a boss in any relationship and probably the strength of theirs is that Billy always tries to be boss," he said.
"He's always up for a rumble and he rears up and rolls on his back and she rears up and spins around and he'll rear up and buck away.
"But when she's out of the paddock, he just stands at the gate and waits for her to come back. It seems to me that he knows she is special."