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Caviar to be primed for Ascot

Updated: Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 15:45

Black Caviar will be rested with the Golden Jubilee at Ascot as her prime summer target
Black Caviar will be rested with the Golden Jubilee at Ascot as her prime summer target

Black Caviar will not run on Dubai World Cup night as connections look to give her a well-earned rest in preparation for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Peter Moody has decided to give the Australia's wondermare an easy two months before she embarks upon her date with destiny in the six-furlong Group One on 23 June.

Black Caviar made it 19 wins on the spin in the five-furlong Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, but Moody has resisted the temptation of running her again at the weekend.

He said: "Black Caviar won't be chasing her record 20th consecutive win in Saturday's Futurity Stakes at Caulfield, or next month's Newmarket Handicap, or, for that matter, in Dubai - or anywhere else for the next two months.

"There's nothing wrong with her. To the contrary, she's at the top of her game.

"But it's all geared around having her at her peak when she flies across to England for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

"That's the Royal Ascot race the owners have had their sights on for some time and everything is being tailored like a Savile Row suit to have her cherry-ripe for that race on 23 June.

"I've got no doubt that Black Caviar could have gone to the Futurity on Saturday and just won as easily as she did in the Orr Stakes earlier in the month, but it would have been her fourth run in five weeks.

"I had to look at the bigger picture.

"I'm looking to give Black Caviar her shot at stretching her winning streak to a perfect 20 in either Adelaide or Brisbane before we head off to England.

"Either way she will have two and a half weeks back at my Caulfield stables before flying to England, three weeks before the Diamond Jubilee.

"And from there we get her ready to take on the Poms at Royal Ascot.

"I can't wait - I reckon Black Caviar will show them a thing or two," Moody told www.heraldsun.com.au.

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