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2 Final Gallops For Black Caviar Before UK Trip
Trainer Peter Moody confirmed unbeaten Australian 5YO mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) will have 2 more gallops at Caulfield before leaving next Wednesday for England's Royal Ascot carnival. Black Caviar worked over 1000m at Caulfield on Tuesday morning (clocking 1min 6sec, with the last 400m in 22.9sec) in her 1st serious gallop since notching her 21st successive victory in Adelaide's Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) on May 12 & Moody told TVN: "The plan was to gallop her on Tuesday & then she will do pacework again on Saturday & maybe a bit of a working gallop, then possibly have a course proper gallop again next Monday." Moody explained he wants to minimise the amount of training left for Black Caviar once in England "in case she didn't handle the flight as well as expected", adding: "I am confident she has learned to look after herself well & she will cope with the trip, but you just never know." Moody has arranged for 3 people (including assistant trainer Tony Haydon & stable veterinarian Peter Angus) to accompany Black Caviar on the 30-hour trip to London (which includes 2 stop-overs) & admitted: "The travel does worry me. It is daunting. . . . . It is certainly exciting, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit tentative, a bit nervous about it all. I would much rather be going around here in far more suitable races in our own environment . . . . . but sometimes I suppose we have got to take the cotton wool off & go & do these things. I suppose we run the risk that she could have run her last race in Australia, if she goes over there & something goes pear-shaped or she doesn't cope with it well or whatever."