After further investigation into the injuries sustained by equine superstar Black Caviar during her devastatingly close Diamond Jubilee Stakes win at Royal Ascot, her trainer Peter Moody is confident she will make a full recovery in time to shoot for a third win in the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic this spring.
The undefeated queen posted her historic 22nd straight career success in the £500,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubliee Stakes (1200m) on the weekend but suffered a muscle tear to her quadriceps.
Connections have been confident that the daughter of Bel Esprit would continue racing for at least another season after a well-earned rest, and evidence from Moody has further indicated that a return for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is indeed more than just a pipe dream.
“I have had my vets and chiropractors take some precautionary X-rays of Black Caviar,” Moody said.
“They have come back fine, but she has some soft tissue damage.
“The quadricep muscle is where the main problem is and she is quite sore behind. It is the tightest I have seen her after a race.
“They are injuries she has sustained before, so it is not unusual.
“She has torn her quad muscle before and it will not be the finish of her.
“She is very flat and will now have a couple of weeks rest.”
Black Caviar is no stranger to injuries of this kind, the $6.8 million earner having spent eight and a half months out of action during 2010 missing the entire autumn after earlier tearing her muscles during her Group 2 Danehill Stakes victory as a three-year-old.
Described by one of her owners as a “high maintenance horse”, Black Caviar may not have had the dream run in England but none of the connections are wishing they hadn’t gone.
“It’s been a whirlwind and I don’t think anyone has regretted bringing the horse here (to England),” managing part-owner Neil Werrett said.
“We’ve met the Queen and the horse got a pat from the Queen, so if this was the end, she’s ended on a high and she’s one of the best racehorses ever.
“I’m sure many owners would love to be living this dream of owning and winning at Ascot.
“Unfortunately England or Europe didn’t see the best of Black Caviar.
“At the same time, we’re very thankful she won and she needs a bit of a rest now.
“She’s a high maintenance horse and we want to make sure she’s well before she goes to race again.”
While Werrett originally said that it was too early to talk about future racing plans for Black Caviar, Moody has since come out with some positive news for her fans.
“She will be prepared for another crack at the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington, which she has won for the past two years,” Moody said.
If all goes to plan Black Caviar will be the dual defending champ in the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington this Emirates Stakes Day, Saturday November 10, 2012.
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