With the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes a mere matter of hours away, nobody has a reason to doubt Black Caviar’s ability to win her English debut.
The five-year-old mare has already proven herself to be the best mare in the world with her 21 unbeaten starts in Australia, alongside her record equaling timeform rating.
However, the chance to prove herself once and for all to her overseas doubters will come in tonight’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, which will take place at 12.45am (AEST).
The 1,200 metre race will be run down the long straight at Royal Ascot, a racing style that has shown Black Caviar’s true potential on more than one occasion at Flemington.
The super mare will have to contend with a rain affected track, which has been caused by the constant rain that has fallen on the track over the past two days.
Trainer Peter Moody insists the soft track will be no obstacle to Black Caviar’s winning chances, however, would prefer the course to dry up as much as possible before the race.
“Either way, we are still running but obviously all fast horses prefer firmer ground to run their fastest,” Moody said.
Moody insists that there will be no excuses to Black Caviar come tonight’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes run.
“Black Caviar has had an ideal lead up with her thriving this week after a gallop on Tuesday and she is more than ready to roll,” he said.
The Bel Esprit mare will jump from the outside barrier of 15 in the race, which should have no ill effects on the straight course.
“The outside barrier is no concern at all at this stage as winners have come from there all week in the straight races and we have no reason to not be confident,” said the trainer.
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