Despite being thoroughly distracted by the impending renovations on the home front, I have followed closely Black Caviar’s preparations for her shot at fame and glory in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot tonight (12.45 am our time).
By all accounts she is fighting fit, and even though the track will most likely be on a softer side than she is used to, she should win; we in Australia fondly hope so.
I don’t think I’ll stay up and watch the race, or even go to the party being thrown by Racing Victoria tonight at Federation Square, much as I’d like to. But sense has overruled the adventurous side of my nature. It would be bloody cold standing outside at midnight in the city, and then there’s the problem of getting home…
Anyway, let’s hope our star racehorse shows the world her best shot with a glorious victory.
The last Group One for 2011/12 racing season was run this afternoon. I’m delighted that my fancied runner Pear Tart was successful. The race was the Tatts Tiara for fillies and mares over 1400 metres and had a large field of 18 runners. A pity I didn’t have any money on Pear Tart, as she paid handsome odds. Skyerush ran second with Gai’s Choice filling third spot. The favourites were unplaced.
UPDATE – Sunday
Thank goodness that Black Caviar won the Golden Jubilee Stakes, albeit by a whisker. Of course we would have liked her to win by many lengths as is her wont, but she did her best, notwithstanding the puzzling riding tactics of Luke Nolen. So it’s now 22 wins from as many starts.
There has been talk of retiring Black Caviar, but I truly hope she will continue to delight her adoring Aussie fans for another season or two.