Flying Black Caviar will not be grounded
Matt Stewart From: Herald Sun June 08, 2012
AUSTRALIA'S precious cargo should have arrived at Heathrow primed to smash the Poms by the time you read this.
It was a case of two down, one to go for Black Caviar last night, with the nine-hour Melbourne to Singapore trip and 6 1/2-hour Singapore to Sharjah leg uneventful, according to trainer Peter Moody, who will join the raiding party next week.
Black Caviar's hopefully safe arrival comes as Timeform, the world's most authoritative source of form assessment, declared her unbeatable in England.
"It is simply not going to happen," Timeform's Australian handicapper Gary Crispe said of a defeat.
All that remained yesterday evening was the leg to London and three hours by float to Newmarket, and the countdown to the 1200m Diamond Jubilee Stakes on June 23.
The race will be telecast live by Channel 7.
"Nelly has arrived in Sharjah, still travelling well," was Moody's "in running" text update as Black Caviar arrived in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, at 5pm.
Black Caviar was hoisted into the hold of a Singapore Airlines cargo flight at 11.17pm on Wednesday.
Bales of lucerne, water and sedatives were loaded and Moody's stable vet, foreman and track rider were on the flight.
"It's one of those special days ... it's just a wonderful experience," part-owner Colin Madden said.
"This horse takes us places we never expected."