Talk of Caviar retirement premature
RACING:CONNECTIONS OF Black Caviar will not be rushed into making a decision on her racing future.
The Peter Moody-trained six-year-old extended her unbeaten record to 22 races with a narrow victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.
She would, however, have been beaten within a few more more strides as Moonlight Cloud nearly cashed in on a bad miscalculation by jockey Luke Nolen.
Black Caviar’s part-owner, Gary Wilkie, insists talk of her retirement is premature.
“You never make decisions on race day. We have three months to decide whether to keep racing her or if she is retired to stud. Peter is so meticulous with his planning and preparation, we leave all those decisions up to him. He will only do what is right for Black Caviar,” he told the Herald Sun.
Moody said Black Caviar suffered torn muscles during the race, but feels she will still return to the race track.
“She is very tender up in her hind-quarters but it is restricted to soft-tissue damage,” he told the Telegraph.
“We gave her precautionary X-rays and had her scanned and the vets said everything looked okay on that front. But the chiropractor said that she is quite sore and tender behind.
“They are all injuries she has sustained before, so it is not unusual. She has torn her quad muscle before and it will not be the finish of her. 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 added that Black Caviar went into quarantine the morning after her narrow victory 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.