Black Caviar bids for unbeaten 21 in prep for Ascot challenge

Black Caviar spreads the field

Connections report that Black Caviar has improved significantly since her win two weeks ago as she tunes up for her visit to Britain.

After a break of 10 weeks, the supermare won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in, Adelaide two weeks ago, and around 0730 UK time tomorrow morning she will be expected to extend her unbeaten run to 21 in the Group 1 Distinctive Homes Goodwood at the same track.

Jockey Luke Nolen has told the horse’s trainer Peter Moody that he is sure she won’t disappoint her followers. “I said to Peter after I worked her on Tuesday that it was amazing how much just one run can bring this mare on. The work was first class and anyone who goes to Morphettville on Saturday won’t be disappointed.”

Some punters haven’t needed any more encouragement to wade in behind her, with Australian bookies Betchoice and Centrebet laying $25,000 and $10,000 respectively at odds of 1/25.

Co-owner Neil Werrett, speaking to the Thoroughbred Times in Australia reported that Black Caviar still had more to show. He said, “She certainly wasn’t wound up and had a good blow after (the Robert Sangster). You will see a different horse on Saturday. She will be between 90 – 100% fit for Saturday’s race.”

Werrett seems quite taken aback by the amount of attention Black Caviar has attracted as she has made her way into the record books. He said, “Every time she wins a race, (the fame) seems to get bigger. People all over the world are now asking to write books about her, paint her, and there was a British television crew out recently to do some filming to promote her for Royal Ascot. It's humbling to think this mare has such a following."

After tomorrow’s race, Black Caviar heads over to England where she’s already 4/5 favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.