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Nolen Says Ascot Track "No Problem" For Black Caviar
Australian jockey Luke Nolen declared overnight the track at Royal Ascot "will pose no problems for unbeaten wonder-mare Black Caviar when she lines up for the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday" reported racingpost.com. Just hours after arriving in Britain on Sunday night, Nolen "was out on Newmarket Heath for the 1st time on Monday morning & after casting his eye over Black Caviar (bidding for her 22nd consecutive victory at Royal Ascot) he enthused: "Black Caviar looks great & has travelled over well. She probably had a lot less to drink on the plane than I did!" Nolen is due "to be reunited with Black Caviar for a workout on grass" later today & added: "I know Pete's (trainer Peter Moody) very happy with her. I rode her in her last gallop before she left (Australia) & she was in very good nick. I'm not worried too much about the undulations (in the Ascot track) as she travels very well & takes a big stride. She goes great on straight tracks at home & she is the highest-rated in the race." And Moody added: "Black Caviar is the fittest I've ever had her. I made sure she was pretty straight when she got on the plane & she hasn't needed to work since. Hopefully we can get her on the Limekilns in the morning (today) & give her a gallop over 3 furlongs or something, but nothing major." Commenting on the demanding uphill rise in the Ascot track (20m over the 1200m of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes), Moody also told SuperRacing: "It's a gradual, steady rise. If I have concerns with horses, it's going downhill, not uphill. I find they put more pressure on themselves going downhill." He summed up: "We're 6 days out & we're as happy as we've ever been. I couldn't be more pleased with her. I'm tickled pink." Luxbet has Black Caviar as $1.25 favourite.