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Experts Say Wet Track Won't Stop Black Caviar
Supporters of Australia's unbeaten 5YO mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) "remain steadfast in the belief the sprint sensation can overcome any challenges & win at Royal Ascot despite trainer Peter Moody's superstar potentially having to run her 1st race on a soft track" reported The Herald-Sun. All of Black Caviar's 21 successive victories to date "have been run on no worse than a dead track" but "those inside Team Caviar aren't panicking, with a slick 800m barrier trial on soft going (47.75sec on a heavy 10 rating) back in 2010 keeping any niggling doubts at bay". TVN presenter Bruce Clark (in England to cover Black Caviar's run in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on June 23) told The Guardian newspaper: "It does look as if there is going to be more rain at Ascot next week & I asked Tony Hayden (Peter Moody's assistant) whether he was worried about the ground & he reminded me about that barrier trial. He said she looked to love testing ground that day and, if that's the case, it won't really matter at all." Similarly Timeform's Gary Crispe "thinks her class will prevail" noting: "My feeling is that it (the track) will be fine for her. . . . . She's a big, long-striding mare & when it gets really, really wet, those sort of horses can get caught out; but you'd have to think she'd have the class to cope with it. I've seen all of the Australian sprinters who have come over to win at the (Royal Ascot) meeting in recent years & she's at least 10-lengths better than any of those. I've no doubt she deserves to be the sort of price (long odds-on favouritre) that she is." Luxbet has Black Caviat at $1.25 favourite.