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Black Caviar, the wonder mare from Australia arrived safely in England on Thursday evening ahead of her first race on British soil in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Peter Moody trained mare, who is unbeaten in her career to date, seemed in remarkably good condition given her complex journey to get to these shores.
Having stepped aboard a Singapore Airlines cargo flight wearing her specially-designed Lycra compression suit some 30 hours ago, Black Caviar had stops in Singapore and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates before landing in Heathrow airport about 5pm on Thursday evening.
Now that she has safely arrived, the betting on Black Caviar winning the Group 1 sprint has opened and the bookmakers are not giving anything away.
Most bookmakers go as short as 1/2 that Black Caviar will mark her English debut with a win. Coral’s David Stevens speaking to the Racing Post said “Having arrived safely on these shores, Black Caviar looks set to blow the opposition away on her first start outside of Australia when she lines up in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
“Sprinters from down under have proved their worth here in recent years, but Black Caviar brings with her form that is far superior to the likes of Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast, and as far as we’re concerned it’s not if she wins, but a question of how far she wins by.”