Black Caviar may stay for July Cup

There’s every possibility that if Black Caviar wins Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes as expected the mare will stay on in England for another month and go to Newmarket to contest the July Cup.

We’ll soon know, as her trainer Peter Moody explained to Melbourne radio station Radio Sports Network before leaving Australia to supervise final preparations for Ascot. “It’s a decision I’ve got to make quickly as if I decide not to go to the July Cup I can put her into quarantine the night of the Royal Ascot race, which would enable her to get home a month or five weeks earlier. It’ll basically be a matter of where she has a break, whether it’s over there (in the UK) or here. It might be smarter to do it over there if the weather’s kinder.”

He sounded pleased about how well Black Caviar had taken the 30-hour journey across the world. He reported that assistant trainer Tony Moody, who travelled with the mare, had told him, “Her general well being is unbelievable. She’s bouncing out of her skin and he said to me to please come over quick smart and start doing a bit more work with the horse.”

Black Caviar’s jockey Luke Nolen was unconcerned they might encounter soft ground at Ascot. He said, “A genuine wet track, as long as they are getting fully in it, I don’t see it being a great issue at all. She goes very well at home in different conditions. She galloped very good in testing conditions and came through it with flying colours. I think Ascot will play to her strengths being a slightly tougher six than the ones we are accustomed to at home. She’s a wonderfully relaxed mare and I can ride her however I decide. She can give them a start, she can break them right up in the middle of a race and carve out sectionals that I’ve never seen a horse capable of. She can bring horses out of their comfort zone.”

I hope we’ll have two chances to see that.

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