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Caviar team takes stock after Ascot drama
18:36 AEST Mon Jun 25 2012

Black Caviar's owners insist they have no regrets about their journey across the globe despite her injury worries after her narrow Royal Ascot victory.

"It's been a whirlwind and I don't think anyone has regretted bringing the horse here (to England)," part-owner Neil Werrett told At The Races.

"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."

Werrett said trainer Peter Moody and Black Caviar's other owners were keen to let the mare recover from her Royal Ascot exertions before making any decisions on her racing future.

Black Caviar extended her unbeaten record to 22 races with a heart-stopping victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She would, however, have been beaten in a few more strides as Moonlight Cloud nearly cashed in on a miscalculation by jockey Luke Nolen.

The Australian superstar was found to have torn back muscles during the race after being checked by a vet and chiropractor on Sunday morning.

"Unfortunately England or Europe didn't see the best of Black Caviar," Werrett said.

"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. That's something we'll reassess in three or four weeks' time.

"At the moment it is too early. It is one day after the event and Peter wants to get her home as soon as possible."

Black Caviar will spend the next two weeks in quarantine at Newmarket before returning to Australia where she will spend another two weeks at the Werribee quarantine facility.


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