Australian Runners Line Up For World Stage Debuts
A whole crowd of Australia’s top quality sprinters are undergoing their final preparations before making their debut appearances in England next week.
Amongst the throng of impressive gallopers are the likes of Sepoy and Ortensia, with the latter winning her most recent race start in Dubai on March 31, 2012.
However, the most famous of these runners from Down Under is quite clearly Black Caviar.
The five-year-old mare has won all 21 of her race starts back home and will be looking to extend her victories to 22 in the Grade 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23, 2012.
The Bel Esprit mare has settled into her Newmarket stables and trainer Peter Moody is happy with how she has recovered from her long flight over.
“Her coat looks better than I expected, she looks really well,” Moody said.
“When she won that first race in Adelaide (Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes), her coat was starting to come out and she probably didn’t look that good.
“But she has obviously settled in very well here and that’s the best she has looked for ages.
“I’m very happy with where she is at eight days out from the race.”
There will be no excuses for Black Caviar, who to date has never had a run outside her own country.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes will be a big test for the mare, who will be looking to improve her Timeform rating, which currently places her behind England’s unbeaten champion Frankel.
While the two will not meet during the carnival, Black Caviar’s performance at Royal Ascot will be a good glimpse into how she would perform against the superstar stallion.
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