Black Caviar’s Rivals Remain Unknown In Diamond Jubilee

By: Sarah Fortnum
June 19th, 2012

Black Caviar will line up for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this Saturday, however, the large majority of her competitors still remain a mystery.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar preparing for her Royal Ascot run at Newmarket - photo © Sarah Ebbett

Trainer Peter Moody is yet to find out who will take on the super mare of Australian racing this weekend, giving him no chance to study their race style.

“I’m struggling to get a name, let alone a handle on them,” Moody said.

“I understand the French filly Moonlight Cloud will be there, Society Rock won the race last year and I guess will be there.

“And the others, I’m not sure there.”

Despite the ambiguity surrounding the Diamond Jubilee Stakes’ final field, Moody understands that they will all be top quality gallopers.

“I’m very respectful of what may turn up and intrigued to see what the final field may be,” he said.

Black Caviar has spent the past 11 days at her new home at Newmarket racecourse preparing for her first overseas race start.

The five-year-old will be looking to post her 22nd unbeaten race win in the Diamond Jubilee after proving too good in all of her Australian runs.

The hopes of an entire country will rest on Black Caviar’s shoulders when she steps up in front of the Queen this Saturday, and her trainer is confident she will disappoint no-one.

“Hopefully nothing (can stop her),” he said.

“We just don’t want anything untoward to happen.

“We want her to come through her work the next three or four days.

“If we are standing here in seven days’ time the same as we are today, we’ll be looking forward to getting the job done.”

While she will be in a totally new environment for her English debut, the Bel Esprit mare has proved she can overcome a variety of obstacles in the past.

“She’s stepping out of her comfort zone but we’ve done that a couple of times at home,” Moody said.

“We’ve done some unusual things at times and she’s come up trumps and hopefully she can continue in that mould on Saturday.”

 

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