Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Nolen has no worries over Caviar

Big-race rider Luke Nolen is confident Australian superstar Black Caviar will not be inconvenienced by the prospect of soft ground in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.

The unbeaten mare arrived in Britain last Thursday and stands on the verge of her 22nd straight victory, with all but three of her wins having come under Nolen, who has experience of the track, riding in the Shergar Cup.

Nolen said: “A genuine wet track — as long as they are getting fully in it — I don't see it being a great issue at all

“She goes very well at home in different conditions. She galloped very good in testing conditions and came through it with flying colours. Like any fine lady they just require a bit of maintenance, that's all.”

Trainer Peter Moody is likely to crank Black Caviar's preparations up a notch with a more serious piece of work in Newmarket this weekend.

“Tony (Hayden, assistant) is very pleased with her and said her general well-being is unbelievable,” Moody said.

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