Moody to decide Black Caviar’s future in fortnight

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 25th, 2012

Owner Neil Werrett will leave the decision up to trainer Peter Moody and his team if super mare Black Caviar is to race on in the Spring or be retired to stud.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar's racing future will be decided by Peter Moody in the coming weeks - photo by Taron Clarke

Black Caviar is back in Moody’s Caulfield stables after spending a month in quarantine on her return from England where she scored one of the best wins of her undefeated career in the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 23 in front of Her Majesty The Queen.

Moody will cast his eye over his stable champ over the next couple of weeks and along with advice from the stable chiropractor and vets will decide if another campaign is on the cards or she is sent to the breeding barn.

The premier trainer is happy with Black Caviar’s conditions at the moment but won’t be rushed into making a decision.

“She has travelled good, I’m very happy with her,” Moody said.

“I haven’t decided anything and I won’t for the next fortnight.”

Werrett said if Black Caviar was to race in the Spring, she would get her chance to win back to back Group 1 $1m Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 10 but is quite content to see her finish her racing life with the Royal Ascot as her final appearance if Moody was to make that decision.

“I spoke with Peter earlier he will look at her over the next few days and get advice from the chiropractor and vets to find out where she is at,” Werrett said.

“The next couple of weeks will be interesting, whatever Peter and the team suggest will happen. From our point of view, we don’t want to race her on if there are any problems, she has done a fantastic job for everyone.”

“I’d be happy if she went out on her last win being at Royal Ascot, it might not have been her prettiest but probably her best win.”

“If she is fit enough we would love to race her on, we would love to go back and have another go at the Patinack, that will be her aim in the spring.”

Black Caviar’s English campaign was restricted to only one race after she sustained muscle damage in her hind quarters in her courageous head win over Moonlight Cloud in the Diamond Jubilee and Moody sent her straight to quarintine to prepare for her trip back to Melbourne.

The undefeated mare took her winning sequence to twenty-two with her Royal Ascot and gave Moody, jockey Luke Nolen and her connections the chance to meet and chat with The Queen.

“We got the job done. It’s just an unbelievable feeling to be standing here,” Moody said after the Diamond Jubilee win.

“This is something I never thought I would experience, meeting the Queen, it was quite overwhelming. As we all know, Her Majesty is a horse lover.”

“It was a meeting of the two Queens of Australia.”

If Moody decides to push on with another preparation, Black Caviar will be sent to the paddock for another few weeks before preparing for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

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