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Moody Confirms Black Caviar "Back For Melb Spring"
Preliminary scans "have isolated Black Caviar's muscle tear to her quadriceps, giving trainer Peter Moody confidence the mighty mare will get the opportunity to extend her unbeaten streak during the Melbourne spring carnival" reported The Daily Telegraph. Initial fears that injuries sustained during the weekend's UK Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot " could end her career have been dismissed with Moody eyeing the Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival". Moody confirmed: "I have had my vets & chiropractors take some precautionary X-rays of Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge, by Desert Sun). They have come back fine, but she has some soft tissue damage. The quadricep muscle is where the main problem is & she is quite sore behind. It is the tightest I have seen her after a race. They are injuries she has sustained before, so it is not unusual. She has torn her quad muscle before & it will not be the finish of her. She is very flat & will now have a couple of weeks rest." Black Caviar (who previously tore muscles during her win in the Gr2 Danehill Stakes as a 3YO) "entered UK quarantine yesterday & will be given an extended break upon return to Australia before assessments are made on her racing future".