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Black Caviar fit and ready for UK debut
Mike Hedge
07:21 AEST Sat Jun 23 2012

The super mare from Australia ambled from her stable as the rain from Siberia swept across Newmarket Heath.

"No umbrellas," said her trainer Peter Moody.

"Horses and umbrellas don't go together."

If you wanted a close-up look at Black Caviar, you were going to have to get wet.

But everyone who had come to the stables from which Australia's greatest ever sprinting thoroughbred is preparing for her international debut obeyed, folding their brollies as the second best racehorse in the world walked in circles, flared her nostrils at the cameras and went back inside.

Black Caviar is the most perfect racehorse in the world.

She has gone out 21 times and returned on each occasion to the winner's stall.

But now she has to prove herself in front of an audience that has embraced her with a hug that isn't quite as warm as it might be.

Much of that is down to Moody, the big bloke from the Queensland bush who has made it clear he couldn't really care if he was racing at Royal Ascot or at home at Charleville.

It started the day he arrived when he told the media it wasn't his idea to come to their country.

"It is strange that we have to travel three-quarters of the way around the world to race inferior opposition for inferior prizemoney so she can stamp her greatness," Moody said.

In his final word before Black Caviar runs in Saturday's Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m), Moody rose to a question on whether the brakes might be released on Saturday and his mare be allowed to win in the style of the local star Frankel, the only horse on earth who is rated higher than her and who won by 11 lengths earlier in the week.

Not a chance.

"I'd love nothing more than to see her come out and win by 10 or 11 lengths," Moody said.

"But we won't be doing anything that might be to her detriment.

"The Poms have been using the Aussies as cannon fodder for 150 years, so we're not going to put on a show just for them.

"If we're going to let her rip, we'll do it at home. If she wins by a quarter-of-an-inch, it'll do us."

Not that anyone thinks it will be that close.

Black Caviar is at odds of 2-7 in Britain on race eve, a luxury price for her Australian supporters who have shovelled six figure bets onto her at odds of 1-20 in some of her recent starts.

As much as he is indifferent about being in England, Moody is delighted with the way Black Caviar has adapted to the country.

"The one big concern was the travelling," he said.

"But she came through that so well that we have had to give her a bit of work since she's been here.

"She's now the fittest she's been in two years."

Black Caviar will be opposed by 14 runners in Saturday's race in which the sexist vagaries of racing allow her to carry 1kg less than the best of the male horses she meets, and over whom her 575kg frame will tower.

All being equal, the horse the Brits are calling "The Wonder From Down Under" will win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and will remain the world's second best horse.

And her trainer will be on the first plane that leaves Britain after the party.


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