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Black Caviar team eyes Ascot and Frankel
The trainer of Black Caviar has revealed the record-breaking mare could be heading back to competitive action at Ascot in 2013, prior to a potential mating with Frankel.
Peter Moody thought the seven-year-old had run her last race after she only edged the Diamond Jubilee Stakes last year. For a horse who has gone 24 races unbeaten, it was not a top drawer display.
However, Black Caviar's recent explosive showing in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley testified to an improvement in form and fitness, and Moody says the owners want to return to Ascot to show fans the real Black Caviar.
"On the Sunday post-Ascot last year, I was resigned to the fact she'd run her last race, but it's amazing how she's returned," Moody told At The Races.
"She probably hasn't been this sound for three seasons or so and the way she's going about her racing, never say never - there has been quite a concerted push towards the fact she may head back to Ascot again this year.
"My mindset is that there's definitely some unfinished business, as there is no doubt you didn't get to see the best of her. I've got no doubt I could present her in better shape, but I believe there are a lot more options for her here and they're a lot more valuable monetary-wise.
"Australian racing really deserves her, but the feeling I am getting from the owners is that they would very much like to come again [to Ascot]."
Moody says Black Caviar could run both the King's Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee if she returns to Ascot, while a meet-up with the retired Frankel could also be on the agenda.
"There is a strong concerted push for her to be bred to Frankel, which is something I do strongly support," Moody said. "If she came to Ascot and ran in June, she would then remain there and be covered by Frankel before returning to Australia.
"I joked about it previously, but I don't think it would be a silly mating. Physically they are quite well matched and it would certainly create a lot of interest - a colt or a filly by Frankel out of Black Caviar."