Frankel and Black Caviar contest unlikely

The top two horses of 2011, Frankel and Black Caviar both remain on course to race at Royal Ascot, although a clash between the two is unlikely.

Black Caviar will be trying to win her 19th successive race on Saturday, in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes over five furlongs at Flemington. Her trainer Peter Moody said at the weekend that he would be happy to take on Frankel over a mile in June if there was a big enough carrot on offer.

The race where they could clash is the Queen Anne Stakes. The plan for Frankel is to step him up to 10 furlongs during the 2012 season, although his intended return in Newbury's Lockinge Stakes is over a mile. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah said, "It's much too early to say which race Frankel will be running in at Royal Ascot and any increase in prize money in the Queen Anne would have little bearing on that. He could go for the Queen Anne but, as we have often stated, the general idea is to campaign him over a mile and a quarter this year."

If Frankel moves up in distance at Ascot he'll run in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.

Racing For Change head Rod Street would certainly welcome a contest between the two, but also feels it's unlikely to take place. "From a racegoer's point of view I would love to see Frankel and Black Caviar take each other on but I feel they are both on racing strategies that will keep them apart. With my British Champions Series hat on, just getting Black Caviar and Frankel to Royal Ascot this year would be enough regardless of if they run against each other or not."

For the moment then, a race between the two is still something we can dream about, even though, like most dreams, it won't actually come about.
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