21 straight for Black Caviar, England next

May 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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ADELAIDE, Australia, May 12 (UPI) -- Australia's undefeated superstar mare, Black Caviar, won for the 21st straight time Saturday and now has Royal Ascot in her sights.

In her final scheduled run against intramural competition Saturday in the AUS-Group 1 Goodwood Stakes at Morphetville, Black Caviar made all the going and won by 1 1/2 lengths over We're Gonna Rock. Regular rider Luke Nolan had his foot firmly on the brakes all the way and the margin easily could have been more.

"I'm not a punter," Nolan said. "I don't worry about margins. As long as she bloody wins, I don't care."

The planned next stop for the 6-year-old Bel Esprit mare is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. That would be her first try outside Australia and promises to be a more demanding challenge.

Trainer Peter Moody, who considered but ultimately rejected a trip to Dubai for Black Caviar this spring, noted Saturday that things must remain in order to keep the England trip on the agenda.

"As long as she pleases us the next three weeks, we're on the plane to England," he said. "As long as she's happy, it's all systems go."

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