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Mood looms over Black Caviar camp ahead of Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Mood as in Peter Moody, who quickly disparaged the English challengers his Australian super horse will face at Royal Ascot.

Black Caviar's trainer says his horse should not have to travel all the way from Australia to England to prove she is the best sprinter in the world.
Black Caviar's trainer says his horse should not have to travel all the way from Australia to England to prove she is the best sprinter in the world.

Newmarket, England // Peter Moody crowned his arrival in Newmarket on Friday by labelling British sprinters and prize money as "inferior" ahead of Black Caviar's run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot a week on Saturday.

The Australian trainer checked over his stable star for the first time since she left Australia last week before highlighting his feelings about having to bring Black Caviar over as the overwhelming favourite for the Group 1 contest.

"It is strange that we have to travel three-quarters of the way around the world to race inferior opposition for inferior prize money so she can stamp her greatness," he said of Black Caviar's bid to win her 22nd successive race. "That does not make a lot of sense to me.

"Horses of her ilk do not normally go out of their comfort zone. I think the owners are to be congratulated for bringing her here and risking her great record. There is no doubt it is a massive risk for her to come here, for little gain.

"There is no need to travel to prove her greatness, but we are. We are parochial Aussies who roll up our sleeves and have a go."

Black Caviar's every move seems to be tracked by photographers and film crews. Ryan Moore, the jockey, hit out at the wall-to-wall coverage of Black Caviar's bid in his online column.

"I honestly feel like the coverage is in danger of boring people to death before the meeting has even begun; there have been pages of the stuff daily on the horse, it is overkill and I can't bring myself to read it," he wrote.

"If I owned her, I personally wouldn't see the point and I don't think she has anything to prove against these."

Elsewhere, the declarations for Thursday's Ascot Gold Cup were made on Friday with Fitri Hay's Fame And Glory heading a field of 13, including Godolphin's duo of Opinion Poll and Colour Vision.

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