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Black Caviar has completed her final piece of work ahead of her international acid test in Sunday morning’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen both thrilled with the soaring time the mighty mare ran.
Recording her fastest gallop since arriving in the UK, brilliant Bel Esprit five-year-old Black Caviar caught the eye when working on the renowned Limekilns gallop at Newmarket Tuesday morning which has finished her off for the £500,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).
“She worked strongly,” Nolen, who will partner with the $5.7 million earner for the 19th time for the Diamond Jubilee, said.
“She worked very stylishly, we’re very happy with her.
“She’s good in the wind, she pulled up very good.
“She’s run up quite solidly, I was really happy with the work.
“And that’s all she’s got to do now.
“She probably didn’t even need to do it on the way she’s come through it.
“She’s probably a bit well so she’s not going to get too complacent before Saturday.
“But Pete he’s the captain he’s steering a good ship at the minute.”
While skeptical about the owner’s decision to bring Black Caviar to England when she has so little left to prove, Moody seems to have come around since arriving there himself with the excitement and hype of having a horse racing in front of the Queen catching on.
Moody is supremely confident that his star mare will remain undefeated following the Diamond Jubliee, which runs at 12:45am (AEST) on Sunday morning, especially after watching her work yesterday morning.
“Happy days,” Moody said.
“She worked nicely, but the good things is she needed to, she’s done so well here.
“She ran nice time, but that wasn’t the important thing.
“She was happy.”
Happy is exactly how the entire racing community back home will feel if Moody’s predictions of success at Royal Ascot reign true after fellow Aussie sprint mare Ortensia ran midfield as the beaten favourite in last night’s King’s Stand Stakes.
Ortensia could only manage to finish a well beaten ninth behind class winner Little Bridge from Hong Kong, ridden by Aussie expat hoop Zac Purton, in the massive 23 starter field.
There are still 20 sprinters among the Diamond Jubilee Stakes entries, but only about half of these are expected to accept and be a part of the final field that is due for release on Wednesday.
Moody however isn’t concerned about the size of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes field or exactly which horses will make up Black Caviar’s rivals – he sees her as unbeatable in this.
“We are extremely confident,” he said.
“On facts and figures there is not a sprinter in the world that can beat her.
“We can’t be any happier with her condition and I am looking forward to Saturday.”
Following Ortensia’s King’s Stand Stakes failure odds on Black Caviar next race have eased out slightly at bookies around England and Australia, the champ now at a quote of around $1.30.
The bookmakers’ loss of confidence equals the punters’ gain and now is the ideal time to get behind Black Caviar to win her international debut.
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