Black Caviar to set sail for Ascot on a high note
Australia's unbeaten wondermare, Black Caviar, is ominously approaching win number 21, with jockey Luke Nolen warning rivals to expect an even better display in Adelaide tomorrow as she farewells her homeland.
Black Caviar was among the entries for the July Cup yesterday, along with the Derek Cruz-trained veteran Joy And Fun, with Danny Shum Chap-shing deciding against nominating Little Bridge in the Group One race at Newmarket on July 14.
The 2010 July Cup winner Starspangledbanner was a surprise nomination, with the Coolmore stallion entered for the race after fertility problems threatened the six-year-old's stud career.
The July Cup is likely to be Black Caviar's second overseas run, after she contests the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23, but first she will be long odds-on favourite to defend her unblemished record in the Group One Goodwood at Morphettville tomorrow.
Nolen was aboard the Peter Moody-trained superstar for her first-up 41/2 length Group One win two weeks ago, and the jockey was left gobsmacked by some unbelievable trackwork.
'I am very much looking forward to Saturday,' Nolen told Australia's Radio National.
'She was nowhere near her top first up and she has just made that really nice improvement second up.'
The jockey welcomed the news of drawing gate eight in a nine-horse field, saying he can keep his long-striding mount in the clear.
'I can do whatever I want from there and I can keep her out of trouble, more importantly,' he said.
'She is a very easy horse to ride and I will keep her happy and hopefully she will keep everyone there [at Morphettville] happy as well.'