Unbeaten Australian racehorse Black Caviar will wear a specially designed compression suit as she takes her 21-race winning streak abroad for the first time.
The 5-year-old mare will also be accompanied by a vet and assistant trainer on her 30-hour trip to England for her overseas debut at Royal Ascot in 2 1/2 weeks, trainer Peter Moody said.
“This mare has always been quite susceptible to soft-tissue injuries, muscle tears and the like and we thought it might aid her in that way,” Moody told reporters today. “It seems to be the done thing with all sports people these days where they wear skins and tights to create blood flow whilst traveling.”
Black Caviar, whose streak has attracted record crowds and front-page headlines in Australia, departs tomorrow and is scheduled to contest the June 23 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. She may also race in the July Cup at Newmarket three weeks later.
She’s rated as the 1-2 favorite by bookmakers including William Hill Plc to make it 22 wins from 22 starts, meaning a successful $1 bet returns 50 cents plus the original stake.
Her exploits in Australia have attracted a fan base big enough to justify the June 23 race being shown live on a giant screen at Federation Square in Melbourne, where the sprinter is trained by Moody. The race starts at 12.45 a.m. local time.
“Black Caviar has captured our imagination as one of Australia’s greatest racing sensations,” Dennis Napthine, the minister for racing in Victoria state, said today. “We are hoping many Victorians and visitors to Melbourne will come together to share this moment in racing history.”
Moody said stopover times have been limited during her flight and she’ll depart having never been in better shape.
“She’s getting on the plane tomorrow night the fittest she’s ever been in her career,” he said. “We’re going into it with the same approach as we have probably our last eight or 10 races. Fingers crossed nothing goes wrong, she wins.”