‘Sore’ Black Caviar should race again
Sunday 24 June 2012
By Geoffrey Riddle
Black Caviar suffered torn muscles during her victory in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Australian mare officially ran at least 10lbs below her best ratings figure when she held off the late thrust of Moonlight Cloud in the Group One feature.
It was thought that the combination of the arduous trip from Australia, the rain-affected going and Luke Nolen’s poor ride were major factors in her deflating, yet ultimately victorious performance.
"She is very tender up in her hind-quarters but it is restricted to soft tissue damage," Peter Moody, the trainer, said.
"We gave her precautionary X-rays and had her scanned and the vets said everything looked OK on that front, but the chiropractor said that she is quite sore and tender behind.”
Black Caviar has sustained similar injuries previously, which was one of the main reasons for the use of the ground-breaking compression suit she wore during her flight to England.
There had been mounting speculation after the race that Moody might retire Black Caviar undefeated in 22 runs on her return down under but the trainer clarified his position this morning.
"She has torn her quad muscle before and it will not be the finish of her,” he added.
"She is very flat and will now have a couple of weeks' rest.
"It is the tightest I have seen her after a race, though she has never travelled this far before."
Moody said Black Caviar went into quarantine on Sunday morning and will be reassessed when she gets home in four weeks' time.
"Hopefully, we will have her back for the spring carnival where the Patinack Farm Classic, the race she has won for last two years, will be the target," said Moody.