06/21/2012 4:22PM

Royal Ascot: Black Caviar on edge for Diamond Jubilee


Frankel held up his end of the bargain, delivering a sensational win in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on opening day of the Royal Ascot meet. Now it is Black Caviar’s turn, as the second international racing superstar to grace the Ascot meeting takes to the track in the closing-day Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

Both horses are unbeaten, both have proven dauntingly superior to anything that has challenged them throughout their respective careers, and both were expected to score handy victories at Ascot. But Black Caviar actually finds herself in a much more demanding spot than Frankel did. England-based Frankel was racing virtually in his own backyard in the Queen Anne, running over a course where he had twice won before. Black Caviar, on the other hand, had to travel halfway round the world to reach an unfamiliar climate while racing over unfamiliar course conditions.

Moreover, Frankel had a pacemaker, Bullet Train, while facing only eight foes in the Queen Anne, a one-mile race with plenty of time for Frankel to sort himself out. Black Caviar has 14 rivals (the largest number she’s faced in a single race) going just six furlongs in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee, and she will be asked to race for the first time in her 21-for-21 career over turf that will be soft and laboring. To top things off, Black Caviar drew post 15 for the Diamond Jubilee, though the draw might not have a great negative impact since the race is run down a straight course and Black Caviar possesses tremendous tactical speed.

Her trainer, Peter Moody, expressed no concern Thursday over the post position or the expected course conditions, saying that Black Caviar had worked on heavy ground several times in her career and had shown no distaste for it. Moody has reason to remain confident: Black Caviar has won all but one of her races in the clear, and never seems to have been asked for her best by regular rider Luke Nolen. Moody, in fact, proclaimed Black Caviar the fittest she’s been in two years going into Saturday’s race.

Her opposition includes the best two sprinters to winter this season in Dubai, Krypton Factor and Hitchens, but the main challenge could come from Society Rock, who won the 2011 Diamond (then Golden) Jubilee – albeit an edition of the race that lacked anything like a Black Caviar.

Colour Vision takes Gold Cup

In action on a rainy Thursday at Ascot, Colour Vision led a one-two Godolphin finish in the Group 1 Gold Cup, where Fame and Glory, the defending champion and race favorite, toiled home seventh.

Colour Vision, ridden to victory by Frankie Dettori, was always prominent in the two and one-half mile stayers’ race, and battled for the lead with his stablemate, Opinion Poll, through the final furlong. The two horses bumped about 150 meters from the finish, occasioning a stewards’ inquiry, but Colour Vision’s half-length victory was upheld.

In the Group 2 Ribblesdale for 3-year-old fillies, Irish invader Princess Highway scored a smashing win, beating well regarded The Fugue by six lengths.

Frankel rated at 140

England’s national handicapper has rated Frankel at 140 following his 11-length win in the Queen Anne, making Frankel the highest-rated horse in England since Dancing Brave, who was rated 141 when he was retired in 1986.

Frank More than 1 year ago
Go get'em Black Caviar -- We are cheering for you from the U.S.
nicola c More than 1 year ago
im from the U.K and in England and Europe we don't have good sprinters at all , anyone in the country with knowledge of the game will tell u that ozzies always have the best sprinters, there second string come over and stomp us when there at royal ascot, she will win on the bridle and the 1/3 ill take some of that as i think it is buying money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice mare,too bad the trainer is like most orrstralians,a complete a-hole
George Mayo More than 1 year ago
Go Black Caviar make , make Phar Lap proud and do it for you. Its your accomplishment which shall be remembered, not the trainer or owner, your jockey will be on your back to guided.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
bet baffert can dig up a fillie to beat her at the br cup-lolkDS-?or stay @# beat medieum allw sprinters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
someone should dig baffert up lol
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Interesting post, talking to the horse. Problem is that I don't think Black Caviar has her internet access up right now to read it. She's resting for the big race. Maybe after the race when things settle down they will give her her smartphone back and she'll read it.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
I think Black Caviar's main threat will come from Moonlight Cloud trained by master French horseman Freddie Head who is a master in preparing horses to compete at top level in big races. My pick Moonlight Cloud over Black Caviar Stay tuned!!! Below is the full field for the Group I Diamond Jubilee Stakes. PP Runner Jockey UK price 1 Sirius Prospect Shane Kelly 50-1 2 Genki George Baker 50-1 3 Hitchens F M Berry 50-1 4 Krypton Factor Kieren Fallon 25-1 5 Moonlight Cloud Thierry Janet 7-1 6 The Cheka Tom Queally 33-1 7 Es Que Love Silvestre De Sousa 100-1 8 Soul Frankie Dettori 66-1 9 Jimmy Styles Richard Hughes 100-1 10 Pastoral Player Darryll Holland 33-1 11 Restiadargent Maxime Guyon 66-1 12 Bogart Phillip Makin 66-1 13 Society Rock Johnny Murtagh 12-1 14 Royal Rock Ted Durcan 50-1 15 Black Caviar Luke Nolen 1/3
nicola c More than 1 year ago
i like moolight each way or for the black caviar moonlight forecast
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You can't beat Racing like THIS! Good luck to all.