Australian trainer of Black Caviar, Peter Moody, has spoken out ahead of Royal Ascot on what he deems "inferior" British racing. Black Caviar (1/3 To Win The Diamond Jubilee Stakes) goes in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes next week and Moody made it clear he was somewhat puzzled by the necessity for his charge to prove herself in Britain.
"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," Moody said, talking to the Racing Post. "There is no doubt it is a massive risk for her to come here and compete - really, for very little gain. 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."
Black Caviar, who will face Bated Breath (6/1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes), Moonlight Cloud and Society Rock (12/1) next Saturday, is in good shape following her marathon 30-hour journey across the planet, with Moody saying: "I'm really hoping not to make a mug of myself or my horse, she looks super, I'm 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."
Moody wasn't the only Australian trainer to take a shot at British racing. Paul Messara, who runs Ortensia (5/1 To Win King's Stand Stakes) in the King's Stand Stakes, said: "Do I feel some inadequacy that I have to come over here and compete, yes; I think it does rankle, if your sprinters travelled to Australia to compete you'd get beaten by a furlong. We have the best sprinters, it's simple. Our sprinters win over here having been on a plane for over 30 hours, and very few of them are 100 per cent, but these are big occasions. You don't get many shots at days like this. I train around 30 to 40 horses and I may never have a horse as good as this again. If you come with a chance and you manage to win, it's a oncer."