Monday 11th June 2012
Black Caviar team planning on Darley July Cup bid
AUSTRALIA'S super mare Black Caviar is an intended Darley July Cup runner – that’s the message from connections ahead of Europe's premier sprint on Saturday, July 14.
Speaking in today's Racing Post, the man who put together the syndicate that owns the unbeaten sprint sensation, outlined that the plan is to 'back her up' in the July Course showdown after her first British run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, later this month.
Neil Werrett said: "For us, winning the two races is very important."
The Peter Moody-trained Black Caviar, who already holds an entry for the Darley July Cup, arrived in Newmarket late last Thursday and was out on the gallops early this morning as she settles into her surroundings.
Moody follows his charge over later this week, but there was an advance party from the trainer's team at the July Course on Saturday.
Newmarket's director of racing Michael Prosser said: "We were delighted to welcome two of Peter Moody’s staff to the course on Saturday and they were extremely pleased to see the quality of the racing surface that we will be using for the Darley July Cup.
"They walked the final couple of furlongs and were very impressed. The strip, on the far side, hasn't been raced upon since August last year and will be preserved for all three days of the Piper Heidsieck July Festival. It is in pristine condition."
Prosser, like everyone at Newmarket Racecourses, was thrilled to hear the Black Caviar team talking so positively about contesting the Darley July Cup.
He added: "It would be fantastic if she lines up on July 14 in a race that year in, year out is consistently Europe's defining sprint."
"Of course, the race brings together the Kings Stand and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes form. But what adds extra lustre to it, is that it also offers a brilliant opportunity to horses from the classic generation, that don't quite stay a mile, to drop back in trip and make their mark at the highest level – just as Dream Ahead and Mozart did in past renewals."
Black Caviar has won each of her 22 starts to date and is just one of a number of international entries that highlight the global interest in the Darley July Cup.
Joy And Fun (Hong Kong), Ortensia (Australia) and Krypton Factor (Bahrain) are other possible runners in this year's renewal.