Black Caviar almost missed Ascot
Trainer had major worries ahead of Jubilee triumph
Last Updated: September 10, 2012 11:45am
Black Caviar: Trainer had Ascot doubt
Peter Moody has revealed he was on the brink of withdrawing his champion mare Black Caviar, the night before her victory at Royal Ascot.
Speaking at the Racing Queensland awards ceremony on Saturday, Moody admitted the world's best sprinter was not at her best in the lead-up to the Group 1 contest and he had considered the option of withdrawal.
"I actually rang my wife the night before the race and asked if she thought I should scratch her," he said.
"She said you've got it right 21 times before and to back my own judgment. But she said don't blame me if you stuff it up now."
"At the end of the day I convinced myself she was good enough to get the job done and thankfully she was."
Moody revealed that he will consider taking in the big races in Australia if the mare continues to show that she wants to race but he will not race her merely for the sake of it.
"If she does she will go out for a spell next month and come back into work in November and prepare for the autumn. I'm happy with her progress so far." The eastern states tour is likely to include runs in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane during the autumn.
"They are all races she has run and won in over the last couple of years," he said. "Races like the Lightning, the TJ Smith, the William Reid and the BTC Cup.
"Even the races in Adelaide (might be considered) and there are a lot of options for her because the sprinter's time of the year is the autumn."