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Caviar to swerve Frankel showdown at Goodwood

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A million pound prize pot was not enough to tempt connections of Black Caviar to accept a highly-anticipated showdown with Frankel at Goodwood.

Sponsors QIPCO had offered to increase the prize money for the Sussex Stakes from £300,000 to £1 million if the unbeaten pair met in the race.

But Moody Racing's Jeff O'Connor confirmed the highy-rated mare would to return to Melbourne after Royal Ascot next month.

"Moody Racing does not intend running Black Caviar at a mile in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Frankel or no Frankel, as we are looking at getting her back to Melbourne for racing later in the year if she comes through Ascot as well as she can," O'Connor said.

"Therefore, we are not planning to nominate her for the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Tuesday's nomination stage as we feel it would not be the right thing by the racing industry worldwide, giving false hope that the race may happen.

"We understand it would have been a great selling point for Glorious Goodwood and we appreciate the more than generous offer from QIPCO in getting the conditions of the race to where they are but we will have to decline on this occasion."

"We are obviously disappointed that Black Caviar will not be entered in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes but fully understand her connections' viewpoint," Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse, added.

"It was always going to be a long shot to have the world's top two horses race against each other because of their different distance requirements but we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to facilitate such a contest. Therefore, we are very grateful to QIPCO for increasing the prize money so much if Black Caviar and Frankel had met."

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