No stone has been left unturned ahead of champion mare Black Caviar’s Royal Ascot start in Saturday’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).
Included in the world’s best sprinter’s team is barrier attendant Glen Darrington who has been given the green light to prepare the horse exactly as he does in Australia.
To help control her at the start line, Black Caviar wears a barrier blanket and Darrington will be there to put it on to keep her routine as normal as possible.
Darrington made a trip to Royal Ascot on Tuesday with jockey Luke Nolen and introduced himself to the starters who he said were very accommodating.
“I made myself known to the starters and they were more than welcoming,” Darrington said.
“They want to see the blanket, which is fair enough.
“They asked what was required and I told them what I do in Melbourne and they were more than happy to accommodate.”
It is yet another tick in the box ahead of the much-anticipated Royal Ascot start that has been more than 12 months in the making.
Only an untoward happening can prevent the Australian champion starting on Saturday in what will be an attempt at a 22nd consecutive victory.
The unbeaten superstar had a final track gallop on Tuesday and is in peak condition to add a 12th Group 1 win to her awe-inspiring resume.
“Post gallop, Pete’s [Moody] the best judge of everything and he’s been very happy,” Darrington said.
Showers are predicted for Thursday and Friday at the famous British Racecourse but that is not expected to bother Black Caviar, with jockey Luke Nolen predicting the Royal Ascot surface will suit her.
Thousands of Australians have arrived to cheer on the champion in the race that will jump at 12:45am (AEST) this Sunday.
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