05/28/2012 7:01PM

England: No showdown between Frankel, Black Caviar


Black Caviar, the undefeated Australian sprinter, will not face the unbeaten miler Frankel in England this summer, a spokesman for trainer Peter Moody said on Monday.

Jeff O’Connor, speaking on behalf of Moody, was quoted in a press release issued in England saying that Black Caviar will not run in the Sussex Stakes over a mile at Goodwood Racecourse on Aug. 1.

There was widespread speculation earlier this year that Black Caviar, a winner of 21 races, would start in the Sussex, which is expected to include the European star miler Frankel, who is unbeaten in 10 starts.

Goodwood management had intended to raise the purse from $468,000 to

$1.56 million if both started.

Black Caviar is being pointed for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23 A start in the July Cup in Newmarket on July 12 is a possibility.

Black Caviar must begin a quarantine program in July in England to be allowed back in Australia in time for the major stakes in that country in October and November.

“We are looking at getting her back to Melbourne for racing later in the year if she comes through Ascot as well as she can,” O’Connor said in the statement.

Ange More than 1 year ago
I wish they'd bring Black Caviar to the US for the Breeders Cup. That would be so exciting for horse racing. She'd kick butt in the Turf sprint! Ah, to sleep perchance to dream :)
Jimee63 More than 1 year ago
It's understandable that the connections of both horses are protecting their horse's reputation. The distance of the proposed meeting of the two is not the correct distance for Black Caviar. To see if the connections are avoiding a meeting, let the powers to be come up with a 7 furlong race on the grass. If either side balks, then we'll know for sure.
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Something that the racing world strongly and unanimously wants? Which, of course, means that it will NEVER happen. One side or the other--more likely both--will come up with excuse after excuse...all the while going on about how their horse would trounce the other. Pathetic.
Junior Jimenez More than 1 year ago
Two overrated horses no doubt. Black Caviar runs against the same horses every race. And Frankel has he not run against one horse like 4 or 5 times. Timeform rating is a joke. Not interested in seeing these horses. Run against good horses or I don't really care these two horses would be allowance horses at best anywhere but where they run . Frankel can only go a miles. How is that the best horse rated in the world. And Black Caviar can only run in sprints. She would get dusted by allowance sprinters in this country. Enough with these two average horses
Fateh Bandial More than 1 year ago
Your post is so ignorant that I would not want to waste my time by writing a lenghty reply. There is not a horse here who would be within ten lenght of Frankel on grass. As far as Black caviar is concerned please read the post by Larry Jones. I do not agree with his assesment but concede that his is a legitmate view. You sir are plain ridiculous.
Mark Dawson More than 1 year ago
Wow. Hope your handicapping skills are better than your understanding of the international racing scene and/or trolling skills. again, WOW. Jokey Jimenez.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
HE is the reason i play the horses for a living. Every $2 helps "my part of the pool". Thanks buddy. Bet early and bet often.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Black Caviar doesnt run with the girls she beats the boys with ez. Maybe you should try watching one of her races.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Somewhere (?) a lite bulb will come on above a racing Sects. head and he/she will write a race at 71/2 for a huge purse and THEN lets see what shakes.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
It is unfair to both horses to compete in a distance that is not suitable for one or both of them. However, the racing officials in the UK should have done more to accomodate both camps si that neither one enjoys the advantage, distance wise. Here's the article taken from the Racing Post: No Clash of The Two Superstars ANY OUTSIDE chance that the two highest-rated horses in the world could meet in a £1 million showdown in the Qipco Sussex Stakes ended on Monday, when connections of Black Caviar said she would not be among Frankel's rivals when the entries for the Group 1 are revealed on Wednesday. Unbeaten in all 21 of her races, Black Caviar is due to contest the 6f Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot next month but by offering an increased prize fund for the Sussex Stakes, the race sponsors and Goodwood racecourse had hoped to tempt trainer Peter Moody into following up her run at Ascot in the August 1 contest, which would have been Black Caviar's first attempt at a mile. Distinguishing all hope of a dream clash on Monday, Jeff O'Connor, representing Moody, said: "Moody Racing does not intend running Black Caviar at a mile in the Sussex Stakes, Frankel or no Frankel, as we are looking at getting her back to Melbourne for racing later in the year if she comes through Ascot as well as she can. Frankel: likely to step up in trip "Therefore, we are not planning to nominate her for the Sussex Stakes at Tuesday's nomination stage as we feel it would not be the right thing by the racing industry worldwide, giving false hope that the race may happen." Reacting to the announcement, Goodwood's managing director Adam Waterworth said: "We are obviously disappointed that Black Caviar will not be entered in the Sussex Stakes but fully understand her connections' viewpoint." "It was always going to be a long shot to have the world's top two horses race against each other because of their different distance requirements but we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to facilitate such a contest." With Frankel likely to step-up in trip following the Sussex Stakes, it now seems certain that the two superstars will never meet on a racecourse, although Rod Street, chief executive officer of the British Champions Series and Racing For Change, urged the racing public to make the most of having both horses racing in the same hemisphere at the same time. He said: "From a RFC point of view, our glass is much more than half full. The two best horses in the world, unbeaten in 31 racesbetween them, will be racing in the UK this summer over the distances at which they excel. Come and see them!" lol!!!
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Notice Frankel will continue to run against nothing. His connections I think has hallowed Dreams too...;lol
Mark Dawson More than 1 year ago
'run against nothing'?? DESTROYED Canford Cliffs (who also beat Goldikova fair and squar). And, if you actiually bothered to look...you will see has beaten more past and future Group 1 winners in his 10 races than Zenyatta,for example,faced in twenty. Happy trolling...
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
ZenWHATTA?? Who did she ever beat? Oh (too bad) for 1 on dirt against the best.
therealdubwhite More than 1 year ago
Black Caviar aka Zenyatta part Duex Passes on Sussex Stakes. Who is surprised by this move, or lack of confidence in the connections of Black Caviar. Let me add that Jerry Moss should write a book on how to campaign your horse in allowance conditions and against the worst quality of competition but still use smoke and mirrors to mislead people by means of 1 or 2 races in a career to feel the horse is an all time great. Kudos to you Mr. Moss because now we see Mr. Moody doing the same thing with his mare. Two races in the UK and back to Australia they go to defeat more allowances horse down under. What a magnificent proven champion. SMH
larry jones More than 1 year ago
Black Caviar would romp against Frankel -- your post is ridiculous -- Ortensia won the turf sprint this year at the Dubai World Cup -- easily won the race going from last to first at 5 furlongs -- this was a Million dollar race against the world's fastest males -- when Ortensia faced Black Caviar she was beaten by 6.5 lengths -- by your logic Black Caviar s just beating up on "allowance horses" so then please explain Ortensia winning the Dubai race -- Black Caviar would have destroyed that field & really it's Frankel's competition that has been soft....
larry jones More than 1 year ago
also -- Breeders Cup Turf Sprint champ Regally Ready was in this same Dubai race that Ortensia won -- he placed 14th of 15 -- Black Caviar is in a whole other dimension and is making her competition look like allowance horses
Kelsey More than 1 year ago
Your logic is flawed to say the least. An also ran to Zen was triumphant against the "great" Rachel Alexandra, Zen destroyed males at a mile and a quarter in the BCC. Name another mare to do that?
Kevin More than 1 year ago
"Destroyed" them? by what...a length? She beat a bunch of dirt horses forced to decide their dirt championship by running on (soon thereafter discarded) synthetic turf. That BCC gets an asterisk beside it.
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
The only asterisk that race should get is one to rate it as one of the greatest races in Breeders Cup history, my friend! I suggest you re-watch it with a unbias mindset. Zen always only did just what she HAD to do and no more. As far as the track surface, a great horse can win on ANY surface. Zenny could have beaten the best on the turf had they chosen to try her on it...............................
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Ive seen some great race horses in my time. This is one of them. Hope shes at 100% in England. Go BC