Trainer Peter Moody is confident he has learnt enough from previous visits to Royal Ascot to have his super mare Black Caviar at her top to cope with the demanding tests of travelling to England to compete.
Moody has set Black Caviar for the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23 and even though it is a 1200m race, because the final stages are uphill, the premiership winning trainer will be preparing his super star to run a strong 1400m.
“That’s the reason I wanted to give her two 1200m races to put a nice foundation into her as she’s basically going into a 1400m race by the time you equate that to going up the testing hill,” Moody said.
Moody has also nominated Black Caviar for the Group 1 £350,000 The King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) at Royal Ascot on June 19 as a precaution if everything wasn’t running smoothly and he thought that she wasn’t ready for the 1200m.
“If I got there and had any queries or little hiccups and thought she wasn’t going to be ready for the 1200m, I’d still have that up my sleeve,” he said.
The top trainer also said that if he was not completely happy with Black Caviar or things went amiss, he would not hesitate in bringing his undefeated star home.
“Any hiccups and she’s not right she won’t be running. I don’t care if there’s 10 million people there, not 10,000, they won’t be seeing her unless she’s 110 per cent right on the day. I will not hesitate to pull her out,” he said.
Black Caviar returned to her Caulfield stable after winning her twenty-first straight victory in the Group 1 $500,000 The Distinctive Homes Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville last Saturday and Moody has three weeks to fine tune her for her trip to Newmarket where she will be stabled in England.
At his previous trips to England with Magnus and Hinchinbrook, Moody has stabled at Newmarket where his is familiar with the set up.
“I won’t be changing my stabling at Newmarket, which we’ve used the past three or four years,” he said.
“She’ll be the first horse out for gallops each morning.”
“I know what tracks and facilities we use. We’ve also got access to (trainer) Clive Brittain’s swimming pool, which is one of the only pools in England and it’s across the road,” he said.
Saturday’s eleventh Group 1 win took Black Caviar’s earnings to over $5.7m for her career twenty-one wins.