Black Caviar arrives at Newmarket safely

By: Mark Mazzaglia
June 8th, 2012

Black Caviar has arrived safely at her Newmarket stable and trainer Peter Moody confirmed that his stable star has already settled into her new surroundings.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar has arrived in England - photo © Steve Hart

“The vet on hand was not needed to administer anything and the boys attending her reported that she was straight into her feed and water after looking to lose minimal  weight from the flight,” Moody said.

“She will have a fairly quiet forty-eight hours before she may stretch her legs for the first time on the hallowed grounds of Newmarket, possibly on Monday.”

Black Caviar landed at London’s Heathrow airport early Friday morning, Australian time, and was cleared through immigration before travelling north to Newmarket.

After the thirty hour flight, Black Caviar was her usual calm self as she had to step out of her compression suit for inspection.

Supervising Animal Health Officer at the airport’s Animal Reception Centre Ross Hayes said that Black Caviar passed through border security without a fuss.

“She wore the suit on arrival but the vet had to take it off so she could verify the markings in association with Black Caviar’s passport,” Hayes said.

“She travelled very well, she wasn’t sweating or anything, she was really calm when we unloaded her, really calm.”

International Racehorse Transport’s Jim Poltridge also confirmed that Black Caviar has travelled incident free.

“The vet, assistant trainer and strapper were happy with the way she travelled,” Poltridge said.

“There is no quarantine to go through here. She had a quick inspection to confirm her ID and the vet looked at her to make sure she was fit to continue her travels on the truck.”

The unbeaten mare’s new home for her preparation for the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23 is at the historic Abington House Stables in Newmarket.

Abington resident trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam said that Black Caviar will be joining fellow Australian Ortensia and Joy And Fun from Hong Kong at Newmarket and there was a real buzz surrounding the stables.

“It’s a thrill for anyone who’s involved in horses, “ Ms Chapple-Hyam said.

“She’s done a remarkable record twenty-one wins and I think the British crowd will be privileged to see her run at Ascot.”

Past Australians to race successfully in England who were stabled at Abington include Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast.

Moody has Black Caviar primed to take out her twenty-second successive win and remain unbeaten when she steps out at Royal Ascot in two weeks time and as usual is a raging hot favourite to win at her English debut.

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