Australia’s superstar mare Black Caviar has opened the odds-on favourite to take out her international debut in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot Saturday week, July 23.
Aussie bookies and punters are getting behind the queen of the turf to salute in her remarkable 22nd straight career win when Peter Moody’s Bel Esprit five-year-old lines up in the £500,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).
Having amassed over $5.7 million in prize money to date thanks to her 11 incredible Group 1 triumphs, Black Caviar will now look to prove herself overseas and she is the shortie in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes odds to remain unbeaten.
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Last seen winning The Goodwood at Morphettville on May 12, Black Caviar has been unperturbed as ever since the 30-hour haul from Melbourne to Newmarket last week.
“She doesn’t have an ego, she doesn’t have an aggressive nature, I think she just knows she’s special,” Moody’s racing manager Jeff O’Connor said.
Her connections however are all nerves as the countdown to Diamond Jubilee Day is on.
“I’ve been with them for each of her wins and in the lead-up to her races they are physically sick and just don’t sleep,” O’Connor reported.
“This will be worse as they’ll be on a plane from Australia for 24 hours and all they’ll be thinking about will be, ‘are we going to be beaten?’”
There are two other runners in the early Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting odds at bookmaker.com.au currently at single figures with smart Irish filly Moonlight Cloud ($7) and local star Bated Breath ($9).
Moonlight Cloud’s trainer Freddie Head knows the challenge of facing Black Caviar is a big one but he is confident his last start Longchamp winner can challenge the mighty mare.
“Black Caviar is going to be a big challenge but that’s what racing is for, you have to compete against the best,” he said.
“I never duck any challenge with my horses, and we are trying once again.
“Black Caviar will need to be at her best to beat her.”
Markets are likely to firm further following the announcement that one-time $17 chance Hoof It has been withdrawn from the feature.
Trainer Mick Easterby said the five-year-old isn’t 100 percent and he won’t risk running them against Black Caviar when underdone.
Instead they will head towards the Darley July Cup next month, a race that could also be on the agenda for Black Caviar.
“Unfortunately Hoof It won’t be running at Ascot,” Easterby said.
“He is fine in himself but he looks a little dull in his coat and he isn’t scoping very well.
“Looking back he might have had a slight infection when he ran at York. All being well we are hopeful he’ll be able to take on Black Caviar in the July Cup.”
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2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Odds
Royal Ascot – 23/06/2012
*Futures Win Odds are Top 10 only and subject to change – see bookmaker.com.au for updates