The countdown is nearly over to the much-anticipated 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes that will see Australian superstar Black Caviar attempt to conquer the world at Royal Ascot.
A 15-horse field has been named to contest the event, with the unbeaten mare drawing the outside barrier.
Trainer Peter Moody has declared the barrier draw irrelevant but in previous years the outside has proven to be a place of success, particularly late in the carnival.
Black Caviar has been installed as a $1.20 favourite in markets across the country, with French mare Moonlight Cloud ($7.50) the only other horse to fall under double figures.
On the eve of the world’s best sprinter’s overseas debut, trainer Peter Moody has added fuel to the Australia versus English fire, suggesting the owners of British star Frankel would never test their horse in overseas conditions.
“We all saw the best local horse Frankel win here on Tuesday, but he’s never going to leave the UK, his owners will never take him away from home,” Moody said.
“But this mare’s owners have had the balls to put her on a plane and travel halfway around the world.”
Frankel justified his rating as the world’s best horse when winning by 11 lengths in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes but Moody said there is unlikely to be a repeat performance as they would be looking after the super mare ahead of future endeavours.
“The Poms have been using us Aussies as cannon fodder for 150 years so we’re not going to put on a show just for them,” he said.
Moody said Black Caviar is the fittest she has been in the past two years and is unlikely to be troubled by a potentially wet track.
Other horses set to take on the winner of 21 straight victories include 2011 winner Society Rock and Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor.
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Diamond Jubilee Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|1. Genki (IRE)||2|
|2. Hitchens (IRE)||3|
|3. Jimmy Styles||9|
|4. Krypton Factor||4|
|5. Pastoral Player||10|
|6. Royal Rock||14|
|7. Sirius Prospect (USA)||1|
|8. Society Rock (IRE)||13|
|9. Soul (AUS)||8|
|10. The Cheka (IRE)||6|
|11. Black Caviar (AUS)||15|
|12. Moonlight Cloud||5|
|14. Es Que Love (IRE)||7|
|15. Restiadargent (FR)||11|