Should Black Caviar be retired?
A possible explanation for Black Caviar's slightly below par winning performance at Ascot has been revealed in post-race examination.
But trainer Peter Moody and the mare's owners agree the injuries are not career-threatening.
"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."
Black Caviar underwent precautionary x-rays after her surprisingly narrow victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday which revealed no issues.
But a chiropractor who examined her at her Newmarket stable later found she was sore and tender in an area equivalent to the human quadricep.
Both Moody and Black Caviar's owners agree the injury and her slightly below-par run are no reason to think about retirement, despite the trainer floating the suggestion after the race.
Black Caviar won the Diamond Jubilee by a head at odds of 1-6.
A measure of the performance was provided one race later when the modestly performed handicapper Dandy Boy won the Wokingham Stakes over the same 1200m course in a time haf a second faster than Black Caviar while carrying three kilograms more.
Moody also said Black Caviar, unbeaten in 22 races, was unusually listless on Sunday morning and suggested her four weeks in quarantine were likely to be a great help in her recovery.
It is expected she will be put back into training on return to Australia and be set for the Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington in the spring, having won the race for the past two years.
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