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Black Caviar & Royal Ascot: A Tasty Combination

Black Caviar
The Royal Ascot meet is always a highlight of the European racing season. Add in a couple of undefeated superstars to the fold, and suddenly emotions, excitement, and enthusiasm become turned up to an almost fever pitch. Black Caviar and Frankel. Frankel and Black Caviar. The two most exciting horses in racing have taken to Ascot and the whole world is watching. The home team has already done their job… and then some. In one mile, Frankel sent the opening day crowd home in awe. The eleven-length thing of beauty turned in by the magnificent son of Galileo on Tuesday was a performance that will be talked about for years to come. Now it’s the lady’s turn.

For many reasons the most anticipated affair on the Royal Ascot menu did not include the incomparable Frankel, but rather is the first glimpse European race fans will have of the icon of Australian racing, Black Caviar. The time is now almost here as the super mare will make her first appearance outside of Oz in Saturday’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

We all know the magnificence that is Black Caviar. She is unbeaten and untested in 21 lifetime starts, defeating the best sprinters down under time and time again with power and grace for trainer Peter Moody. Saying that she is the greatest sprinter ever to run in Australia is not hyperbole. Her historical greatness is only limited by the shores of her native land. No longer willing to confine their star’s greatness within the borders of Australia, her connections have taken her across the globe to both prove what kind of mare she is on a world stage, but also to gain millions of more devoted fans.

Originally expected to have a field of more than twenty, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (renamed to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's 60 years on the British throne) field has shrunk due to the appearance of Black Caviar scaring several away. Now down to 15, it will be the big favorite breaking from the far outside post position. Contested over the Ascot straight course, she will start closest to the grandstand side of the historic racecourse. 

Among the most formidable threats to Black Caviar's win number 22 without a defeat, include the French-trained four-year-old filly, Moonlight Cloud. Starting from post position five, the Freddy Head trainee is coming off a strong win at Longchamp last time. Another with a shot is Pastoral Player who has won on the Ascot straight before, and the five-year-old English gelding is coming off a nice win in the Jury Stakes in his latest.
 
But make no mistake; this race is all about Black Caviar. Can she take her magnificent show on the road to one of racing’s biggest stages and remain perfect? I applaud her connections for making the trip … they didn’t need to leave her homeland. What they are doing is both sporting and great for racing. Can she do it again? Yes she can!
 

 

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That was nuts!
South African racing same thing. What do they do that we don't? DRUG the horses
watching Ayr, Newmarket and Haydock today it is so refreshing to see hardly any blinkers and next to no wraps on these runners.
You can NEVER compare a final time over one course directly to another. Imagine running on a beach first Close to the water and then a second time up away from it. That is how different racing surfaces are. The English courses were set up over open fields maedows or DOWNS (hence the name) without a substrate for draingae or "cushion" that articifial courses have underneath them.....Also Ascot, being over a natural surface, undulates.
Black Caviar fact: Black Caviar Fact: Her fastest time for 1200m is 1:07.36 at Flemington. Ascot 1200m course record is 1:12.19.
I'm for her, though I don't like the position. Moody and the connections shied away from Dubai and stiffer competition so, even if she wins, there will be a question mark.
  • MzWTF · I don't think you can say that Moody and the team shied away from Dubai. Fact is it would have been far too long between runs if she had gone to Dubai in March and then not race until June in the UK. I'm a believer in the great mare. She'll win today, no matter what state the tracks in. · 817 days ago
Post time for the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes featuring Black Caviar is 10:45 Eastern!
Black Caviar may indeed prove to be a cut above the rest of the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday at Ascot? But that said, if she is ever to be beaten? This is the race that has the greatest likelihood of it happening, IMO. She's traveled some 2500 to 3000 miles to get the UK from Australia. Albeit, she has already been stabled at Newmarket for awhile and seems to have settled in pretty nicely. So I really can't see the travel at this point being a factor against her? But I do think the straight turf course at Ascot is very different and will prove as demanding a racecourse as anything she's ran over in Australia. Add into that mix that she doesn't have the greatest PP draw in the world, and that an Ascot listed "soft", "very soft", or even potentially "yielding" by race time will be much deeper and softer turf than anything she's ever run over in Australia, IMO. I'm looking for better value than 1-4 on Black Caviar, and she'll likely be even shorter than that on the American exchanges. I think Moonlight Cloud at 7-1 or even Society Rock at 12-1 could be solid each way bets in this race. Society Rock has always run very well at Ascot, and won this same race a year ago on soft ground. Moonlight Cloud just won her 2012 seasonal debut, and has solid soft ground form in France. But that's only my opinion. Black Caviar may end up proving to be too good despite those things I mentioned going against her? We shall see on Saturday!!
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The Lightning Stakes over 5f is run on a straight course, isn't it? I don't think Peter Moody shied away from stiffer competition by not taking Black Caviar to Dubai; I read that if she had gone to Dubai, she would have been away from home much longer than he was happy with. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing Black Caviar winning at Royal Ascot!
If your an Animal Activist you gotta love BC , but if you are a real Gambler this is a once in a lifetime chance to bet against her and reap huge rewards . Do you have the Cajones to do that ?
I believe in Black Caviar. May she cross the finish line first, as always.
Has she raced on a straightaway course Down Under? Nobody loves a winning streak more than me. Go Black Caviar!
Moody sent an omnious warning to BC's rivals: Moody said the unbeaten mare was thriving just forty eight hours out from the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. "Physically she is the fittest Ive had her in two years and she is as sound as she ever has been," Moody said. "She traveled over in great shape and has pleased me with her work. "I haven't had to do much with her, she did a small piece of work the other morning and that gave me a chance to take a look at her action."

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