Sore Caviar begins road to recovery

A decision on Black Caviar’s future will not be made until she arrives home next month

Black Caviar’s road to recovery has begun with the world champion sprinter entering quarantine in England overnight.

Managing part-owner Neil Werrett this morning confirmed that unbeaten superstar injured back muscles during her dramatic Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, but said a decision on whether she races again will not be made until after she returns to Australia.

The Peter Moody-trained five-year-old is required to spend two weeks in quarantine in England and will undergo a further fortnight after arriving in Australia.

“She pulled up pretty sore and sorry this morning unfortunately, but she’s in quarantine before coming back to Australia and we’re going to make sure she’s being treated and looked after while in quarantine,” Werrett said on RSN.

“Over the next couple of weeks she’ll be in quarantine. She’ll get back to Australia in two to three week time and then the vets will look at her and we’ll decide how long rest she has and go from there.”

“At this stage we’ll keep our options open but we’re not going to run her if she’s sore. Peter’s hopeful that when we get back with her everything will be right.”

Black Caviar scored arguably the finest of her 22 victories when she won the Diamond Jubilee Sakes early on Sunday morning, Melbourne time.

At her international debut, she overcame being injured during the run and a lapse in concentration from jockey Luke Nolen late in the race to score a thrilling head victory over star French filly Moonlight Cloud.

In addition to equalling the record for most consecutive wins by an Australian horse, Black Caviar’s Diamond Jubilee win – which lifted her earnings beyond $6.5 million – moved her within two elite-level wins of matching Kingston Town’s record of 14 Group 1 successes.

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