Few of us can expect to be as pampered, revered and remembered in retirement as Black Caviar, the illustrious thoroughbred that gripped the hearts and bulging pockets of punters world wide in her undefeated racing career between the years of 2008 and 2013, when she retired on the 17th of April. Comparable in fame and influence only to Phar Lap, the two helped their respective admirers ride out the gloom of historic economic downturns and provide well-needed triumph and windfalls when most needed. For this reason, and for the sheer grace and effortlessness with which she dominated international meets from Flemington to Royal Ascott, Black Caviar has earned her place in Australia’s historical imagination.
Today marks the annual celebration of Halloween in a variety of Western European countries and the US, and it is increasingly becoming a popular holiday in Australia. On October 31, numerous kids (and keen adults) don scary outfits and comb their neighbourhood seeking treats (or causing tricks). However, at this time of year the unpopularity of the black cat is at its peak. A variety of dated superstitions abound about the black cat such as them being associated with evil spirits or they bringing 'bad luck'. It is no lie that these poor felines are categorised as being the least liked to be adopted in comparison to other cats and can even be prone to torture or abuse by cults or people who buy into these wrongful tales. We take a short look into the negative superstitions surrounding black cats and efforts made to improve their popularity in today's world.