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Moody Warns Caviar Must Reach UK "In Perfect Shape"
As unbeaten 5YO mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) boarded a plane for the London yesterday, trainer Peter Moody "warned she wouldn't take a single step on an English racecourse unless she came through the trip in perfect shape" reported The Age. Moody confirmed: "If she doesn't travel well & I'm not 100% happy with her, everyone will have a nice holiday in England & won't see her race." Black Caviar will attempt to win her 22nd successive race in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 23 & Moody "has devised a special program under which Black Caviar did her most testing gallops at home at Caulfield, leaving her 2 weeks in England to recover from the flight". He noted: "I don't want to have to train her for the next 2 weeks." In his "efforts to have his champion mare ready for her appointment with the Queen at Royal Ascot, Moody has gone to extraordinary lengths. As well as the celebrated compression suit she will wear on the flight, Moody has made it clear to Singapore Airlines that they have a special passenger on board & has sent her vet Peter Angus, his stable foreman Tony Haydon & exercise rider Paddy Bell on the flight with her." Moody also "sent a load of her favourite feed to England ahead of her last week" & added: "Singapore Airlines have been terrific; they realise what cargo they're carrying & every effort has been made to keep the stop-overs as brief as possible." Unlike regular passengers who can walk around the cabin, Black Caviar "will have to stand in her crate for at least 30 hours, depending on the length of stop-overs in Singapore & Sharjah. By the time she gets to her English stables at Newmarket, she is likely to have been in a plane or a truck for around 36 hours".