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Royal Ascot a one-off for Black Caviar

The West Australian June 24, 2012, 5:00 pm
Royal Ascot a one-off for Black Caviar

The Black Caviar camp has deflected talk of the mare's retirement as she prepares to return home following her narrow win at Royal Ascot.

Amid an air of shock that she only won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes by a bare margin with jockey Luke Nolen shouldering the blame, talk she had run her last race was rife.

The July Cup at Newmarket has certainly been ruled out with the unbeaten mare to return to Australia as soon as possible.

Trainer Peter Moody's earlier declaration she only had to win her 22nd race by a quarter of an inch to satisfy him came agonisingly close to the mark.

Nolen, who appeared to stop riding near the line, said he had misjudged the testing, undulating and rain-affected course at Ascot as French filly Moonlight Cloud almost got to Black Caviar.

Immediately after the race, Twitter erupted with suggestions the mare looked sore and while most watching agreed it was far from her best run, she was given the all-clear by vets.

Moody flagged retirement but put no more emphasis on the end of her career than he had in the past.

"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."

Managing owner Neil Werrett said any decisions on Black Caviar's racing future would be made by Moody.

"She will go into quarantine tomorrow and won't go to the July Cup," Werrett told Sydney's Sky Sports Radio.

"We'll get her home as quickly as possible and give her a break.

"All going well she'll come back for a good spring campaign.

"But things can change and it's up to Peter.

"He will known whether she's come up or not in about three months time."

Werrett said Nolen had probably eased up on the mare too soon with the prospect of the July Cup in mind.

"Peter probably told Luke to preserve her as much as possible for the July Cup," he said.

"Luke admits it. Everyone knows it. He probably dropped the reins 75 metres too early.

"But he got us across the line and she is still the best sprinter in the world."

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  1. george12:42pm Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    There are lot of factors on her poor performance. I really believe the slow going (track) was the biggest. The time for that distance tells it all. And Luke believed she had nothing to give and thats why he stopped riding 30metres b4 the finish. I think...Luke thought she was gone and he didnt want to do any damage and his telling everyone that he miss judged the finishing line. What a great jockey , telling us all that it was his fault. I bet his report to the trainer and owners wasnt good news regarding slow track and never to race her on one. Thats her dent in the armour. GODD BLESS BC AND SPECIALLY LUKE.

  2. Roger11:59am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    To the people commenting that the owners are "greedy" don't know what they are talking about. her owners have a good track record of looking after her and putting her interests ahead of winning more races.

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  3. R Slicker11:59am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good horse. Would beat Frankel if at her best.

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  4. Cathy11:45am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Black Caviar just like Makybe Diva will end up having foal after foal, year after year to satisfy the fat cats while the real workers who feed clean and tend to these horses get pittance. The flashy racing world everyone sees is not real and is a cruel industry benefitting only those who can afford it in the first place. Some retirement.

  5. wendy11:45am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sometimes the advise of the trainer is the best advise to take heed of. This horse has been pushed beyond her limits, it is to be hoped the connections of this horse now retire her and don't keep "flogging a dead hores", so to speak. There is still a lot of money to be made in breeding her provided that this isn't over done as well.

  6. Kathy11:24am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Let this beautiful horse retire in comfort. Hasn't she suffered enough? It's all about money. The owner of this horser should stop been so greedy and think of the pain that he puts this horse through every time she races. Enough already.

  7. 11:21am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Racehorses may be bred to race but that doesn't mean they deserve a flogging. Maybe Black Caviar is only meant to have a short career? Others race longer? She isn't exactly a big horse, having rather spindly legs etc. Regardless of training, a horse can only go so far, depending on health, injury and temperament. Further, to say she hasn't race against good competition is a joke and a slap in the face to the other horses and trainers. Only the best horses enter races. She has beaten all beside her and yet, people still choose to see the negative.How about concentrating on the positive. She has revitalised racing for many people and gotten others interested in this sport. Australia is again on the world sporting stage and not in the usual cricket or Rugby either. We have be allowed to see such a gorgeous horse in all her glory and shared thoughts and feelings, as a nation, with Trainer Peter moody, Jockey Luke Nolen and connections. I'd like to think she can retire on that farm outside of Victoria with the other legends like Might and power and Sunline. Now, wouldn't that be a sight to see. Black Caviar is Australian for guts, heart and spirit.

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  8. Graham S11:09am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Let's hope that this wonderful horse will make a complete recovery..... She is in good hands .

  9. the owl11:05am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Beat up , to take the pressure of Nolans shocker of a ride !!!!!

  10. Linda11:03am Monday 25th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Poor horses. While they're the ones being whipped with a midget on their back, the rest of the world are laughing about how much money they won and how much alcohol they've had. It's disgusting how horses are treated. Maybe we should start treating human beings like that but that would be considered inhumane right? Gamblers and alcoholics. What a great world we live in!