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Black Caviar Wins UK Gr1 Diamond Jubilee
Under the headline "The Blunder From Down Under! Black Caviar Wins Despite Jockey Error" racingpost.com declared: "Black Caviar came within a whisker of losing her unbeaten record after jockey Luke Nolen dropped his hands in the closing stages and almost allowed Moonlight Cloud to steal the race on the line." However in the end Australian 2011 Horse-Of-The-Year/Champion Sprinter & unbeaten 5YO mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) who was named World Champion Sprinter for the 2nd successive year in the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings, recorded her 12th Gr1 triumph & 22nd successive win in a 3-way photo-finish to the £500,000 (A$800,000) UK Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot (see VIDEO CORNER bottom right of home page). Multiple Gr1-winning sire Bel Esprit (Royal Academy-Bespoken, by Vain) added a Gr1 triumph as hot favourite Black Caviar (ridden by Australian jockey Luke Nolen for Australian trainer Peter Moody) score by a head from George Strawbridge's fast-finishing UK-bred & French-trained 4YO mare Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit-Ventura, by Spectrum) &with a further neck to French-bred 3YO filly Restiadargent (Kendargent-Restia, by Montjeu). Overall Black Caviar (a $210,000 yearling consigned by Swettenham Stud at the 2008 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne) now has 22 successive wins (also including May's Gr1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville, April's Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville, both February's Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington & Gr1 C.F.Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield & January's Gr2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, plus 2011's Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic over 1200m at Flemington, Gr1 BTC Cup over 1200m at Doomben, Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, Gr1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington, Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington, Gr2 Schweppes Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley & Gr2 Schillaci Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield, as well as 2010's Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic over 1200m at Flemington, Gr2 Schweppes Stakes over 1200m at Mooney Valley, Gr2 Schillaci Stakes over 1000m at Caulfield & Gr2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley, in addition to 2009's Gr2 Danehill Stakes over 1200m at Flemington, Listed Arrow Training Services Plate over 1200m at Moonee Valley & Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield) from 22 starts for £4,513,951 (A$7.222m) earnings.