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Parade unlikely for Black Caviar

Black Caviar returned to Australia after emerging victorious in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Black Caviar returned to Australia after emerging victorious in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Getty Images

A TICKER TAPE parade for Australia's favourite equine hero is unlikely, even after her 14-day enforced "vacation" at the Department of Agriculture's quarantine station.

In a statement trumpeting Black Caviar's return to Australian soil - at Werribee International Horse Centre in Victoria - the department said, "any ticker-tape parades will have to remain on hold" as the horse is put through its bio-security paces.

The champion mare will stay at the centre for at least 14 days.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has shied away from the idea of a massive celebration for the horse once it is released.

A spokesman for Racing Minister Denis Napthine told The Age he did not want to rule out an event in the city "but our view is that it would probably be fairly unlikely".

"It would be a difficult event to do in the city with a high-calibre race horse," he said. "Walking on hard surfaces like concrete isn't great, for a start."

The horse returned to Australia after emerging victorious in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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