Connections of Australia’s turf darling Black Caviar are continuing to indicate that retirement is not immediately on the cards for the undefeated queen despite the injuries she sustained during her narrow win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at England’s Royal Ascot over the weekend.
The Peter Moody-trained superstar may have escaped her first ever loss but she wasn’t able to escape unscathed, the mighty mare pulling up with a number of injuries after her success in the £500,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) on Sunday morning (AEST).
Black Caviar did post her incredible 22nd straight turf triumph however it wasn’t with her customary ease.
In a controversial ride from Black Caviar’s regular rider Luke Nolen, who didn’t seem aware of the close competition approaching or exactly where the winning post was, the Bel Esprit five-year-old held on to defeat French mare Moonlight Cloud by a mere nose in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes 2012.
After a post-race veterinary examination that included x-rays and a visit from a chiropractor it has been revealed that Black Caviar has suffered two muscle tears and serious bruising, similar damage to what she did after her 2010 Australia Stakes victory that saw her spend nearly nine months on the sidelines.
“It’s the same sort of injuries she’s had before,” Moody said.
“She’s tender up in her hind-quarter, it seems to be soft tissue damage which isn’t unusual for her.”
Originally connections were looking to keep Black Caviar in England for next month’s July Cup at Newmarket however the champ will instead return home as soon as she was through quarantine.
“She will go into quarantine tomorrow and won’t go to the July Cup,” Black Caviar’s managing part-owner Neil Werrett said on Sunday.
“We’ll get her home as quickly as possible and give her a break.”
Moody knew immediately after the Diamond Jubilee that something was amiss with his stable ace and retirement rumours started circulating soon after.
“It may be that she has graced a racetrack for the last time,” Moody said.
“But we’ve said before her last five or six runs that any one of them could be her last.”
Black Caviar’s co-owner Colin Madden then came out and said Black Caviar had not run her last race and that she would return to the Aussie turf after a well-earned rest.
“No, I think it’s like anything – we’re all closer to that big day (when she retires) than when we started,” Madden said.
“So with Black Caviar, she has less races to run than she has run.
“But this program has been long, it’s been hard, it’s been arduous.
“She’s done a heroic job and so she needs a little rest now.”
Werrett also expressed his hopes of continuing on with Black Caviar in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival but said that from now on the decision of where and when, and even if, she runs next would be solely Moody’s to make.
“All going well she’ll come back for a good spring campaign,” he said.
“But things can change and it’s up to Peter.
“He will know whether she’s come up or not in about three months’ time.”
If Black Caviar does return to the turf next season her likely grand final goal will be attempting a third straight victory in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Emirates Stakes Day, Saturday November 10, 2012.
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