Moody tells UK media like it is Sat, 16 Jun 2012
Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody says winning next week's Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot would be the super-mare's "crowning glory".
Moody cut a relaxed and cheerful figure in front of the world's media at Newmarket yesterday after watching his star horse train for the first time on English soil. Black Caviar's 21-race unbeaten streak has ensured she will start the Diamond Jubilee Stakes as a raging hot favourite next Saturday.
"I suppose so. It would be the crowning glory on a record that she has built," Moody said. "I have said it before with chats with some of your commentators on this side of the world.
"It is strange that we have to travel three-quarters of the way around the world to race inferior opposition for inferior prize-money for her to stamp her greatness. That does not make a lot of sense to me.
"Horses of her ilk do not normally go out of their comfort zone. I think the owners are to be congratulated for risking her great record. There is no doubt it is a massive risk for her to come here and compete here - really, for very little gain."
The horse has garnered enormous worldwide attention with the Queen just one of her growing band of supporters. After dropping only nine kilograms from her near 600-kilogram frame in her flight from Australia to the UK, Moody said his charge was in excellent condition.
"I'm really hoping not to make a mug of myself or my horse," he said with a smile. "She looks super, really pleased when I saw her under saddle this morning. I thought it was the same horse I saw seven or eight days ago. That was most important for me."
He said the Hong Kong Sprint on December 9 at Sha Tin could become an option for Black Caviar if she is successful at Ascot next week.
"If she did come here and win here, the opportunity would be for her to race in Hong Kong later in the season which would put a A$1 million bonus in front of her," he said.
"It certainly is not a money-driven exercise for her (bringing her to the UK) but there is probably a little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow if she does get the job done."
Moody played down concerns the soft track at Ascot following the spate of bad weather would be a problem for Black Caviar. "She has never raced on soft ground but she has done a lot of her work and lot of trialling on soft ground and has handled it well," he said.