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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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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
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!!!
Notice Frankel will continue to run against nothing. His connections I think has hallowed Dreams too...;lol
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
Ive seen some great race horses in my time. This is one of them. Hope shes at 100% in England. Go BC