Black Caviar touches down in Australia
- BY:BRENDAN CORMICK
- From:The Australian
- July 11, 2012 10:19AM
Black Caviar at Werribee racecourse quarantine. Picture: Fiona Hamilton Source: News Limited
INTERNATIONAL equine heroine Black Caviar has arrived home in Melbourne this morning after a marathon journey.
The recent winner of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot endured 39 hours’ travel from stable door at Newmarket in England to the quarantine compound she will call home for the next fortnight at Werribee.
The long-haul home included stop-overs in Dubai and Hong Kong. Black Caviar touched down before 4am and was strolling around the Vintage Crop compound, that will house Melbourne Cup combatants from Europe later in the year, in the dawning hours.
The unbeaten sprinter, a winner of 22 races from as many career starts, won at her international debut despite tearing her quadriceps and sacroiliac in the run. Stable staff have treated the soft-tissue damage to the hindquarters with laser therapy over the past 14 days.
Black Caviar’s racing future is in the balance, with trainer Peter Moody to make a recommendation to the mare’s owners after he assesses her condition upon leaving quarantine.
Italian veteran Voila Ici joined Black Caviar as a flight companion and he will be trained by her trainer Moody on behalf of new owner, Queensland-based breeder John Haseler, for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.