Trainer Peter Moody said a clash between Australia’s Queen Of The Turf Black Caviar and the world’s number one ranked Frankel is still on the cards.
Moody has locked in the Group 1 £400,000 Diamond Jubilee (six furlongs) on the closing day of the Royal Ascot carnival on June 23 as Black Caviar’s main mission when she leaves Australia and a match up with Frankel could be possible in the £300,000 Sussex Stakes over one mile at Goodwood in late July.
Frankel carries a Timeform rating of 143 and rated the best racehorse in the world with nine wins from nine starts and would be chasing back to back wins in the Sussex Stakes after scoring a five length victory in the Group 1 last year beating multiple Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs.
“I’m not sure if it (meeting Frankel) will come off, but I’m quite bullish about it,” Moody said. “I’m sure there will be plenty of overtures once we get to England, and we’ll look at them then.”
Moody said that after the Diamond Jubilee he would wait and see where he would send Black Caviar, with plenty of options available.
The Group 1 £400,000 July Cup over six furlongs at Newmarket in July is under consideration and this would lead nicely into the Sussex Stakes.
A win in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot would strongly influence connections to travel to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Sprint in December which is the last leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.
The US$1m Global Sprint Challenge Bonus will be paid if one horse wins specified races in three different countries and will include “home ground” series legs wins.
Black Caviar has already ticked the first box with her sensational win in the Group 1 $750,000 Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington last Saturday and Moody has already sent her for a short break to prepare for the trip to England.