The statue of racing legend Black Caviar was unveiled to a huge crowd at Nagambie yesterday.By Rhiannon Gavalakis
Nagambie has shot to national prominence for the second time in a decade — this time for a positive reason.
Yesterday, the humble country town had its population of 1500 rocked by an influx of more than 2000 people.
National media, racing’s elite and spectators were there for the unveiling of the statue immortalising racing legend Black Caviar.
‘‘As Nagambians, we can all say we bred the best racehorse in history and now it will never be forgotten,’’ Black Caviar’s breeder Rick Jamieson said before the unveiling on the shores of Lake Nagambie.
On behalf of the owners, Mr Jamieson announced the champion mare was in foal to champion galloper Exceed and Excel and said he ‘‘couldn’t wait’’ for the result.
‘‘The owners told me an hour before and asked me to make the announcement,’’ he said. ‘‘I was honoured they would even ask me and I’m very proud.’’
The controversial location of the bronze 4.5 tonne statue was the first time the town received Australia-wide and international attention in 2003.
At that time, a truck crashed into and destroyed the Chapel of the Lake, built in 1885.
‘‘That was the first time we made international news, but today we are adding a new chapter to this prominent site’’ Shire of Strathbogie Mayor Deb Swan said.
‘‘This statue has ensured Nagambie will remain on the international stage for years to come.’’
Strathbogie Shire Council contributed $30
Cr Swan said Nagambie might have been bypassed, but the statue put it back on the map.
Jockey Luke Nolen — who rode the undefeated mare in 22 of her 25 consecutive wins — said he could not express in words what the statue meant to him.
‘‘It’s surreal, I can’t do it justice,’’ he said.
Mr Nolen confessed with the spring he had had so far, he missed riding the legendary racehorse.
His wife Alicia said they would return to Nagambie in the future.
‘‘It’s pretty amazing and we’ll have to bring our kids here to show them dad up there, they’re a bit young to appreciate it (at the moment),’’ she said.
Trainer Peter Moody was impressed by the statue, which he said was amazingly lifelike.
‘‘I’m sure she’ll be well remembered as a sporting hero and a great Australian,’’ Mr Moody said.
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