Royal Ascot has been boosted with the news that Black Caviar will run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, according to her trainer Peter Moody.
Connections of the unbeaten Australian superstar were considering an outing at Meydan in the Dubai Carnival on World Cup night. However, they have now decided to give their runner a two month break following her recent busy schedule. She is likely to have two more runs in her home country before the trip to the UK in June in what will be her first contest outside the southern hemisphere.
Black Caviar’s last run in Australia was in the Lightning Stakes where she picked up her 19th victory of her career. It was arguably her toughest test to date as she finished ahead of former Group One winner Hay List by just over a length. Her latest win came just seven days after running over seven furlongs at Caulfield.
There was some talk earlier in the year about the possibility of Black Caviar coming up against the top rated thoroughbred in the world and horse racing betting favourite Frankel this season. However, that has now been ruled out with the trip of 1m unlikely to suit the mare at the Royal Meeting. Frankel is himself unbeaten and looks set to go into his final season in training. Sir Henry Cecil’s colt produced one of the most impressive Classic performances in the modern era in his 2000 Guineas victory at Newmarket last May. He then went on to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in his first run at the meeting.