The much anticipated trip to England is edging ever closer for Black Caviar, who is currently partaking in her final few track gallops before the journey.
Black Caviar is scheduled to leave for England next Wednesday for her first run in the Grade 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on June 23.
With the big day fast approaching, trainer Peter Moody is keen to ensure his unbeaten mare is in top form ahead of her big flight.
The five-year-old mare took part in a track gallop at her home course of Caulfield this morning and will have another two before leaving the country next week.
“The plan was to gallop her this morning and then she will … do pacework again on Saturday and maybe a bit of a working gallop and then possibly have a course proper gallop here again next Monday,” Moody said.
This upcoming English campaign will be the first time Black Caviar has ventured from our shores and Moody is apprehensive over what the next few weeks will bring.
“I am confident she has learned to look after herself well and she will cope with the trip but you just never know,” Moody said.
“The travel does worry me. It is daunting.
“It is certainly exciting but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit tentative, bit nervous about it all.”
The trainer revealed that he would prefer to keep the super mare in Australia, however, understands that her time has come to take on the world.
“I would much rather be going around here in far more suitable races in our own environment … but sometimes I suppose we have got to take the cotton wool off and go and do these things,” he said.
Moody admitted that her last start in the Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide earlier this month “could have been the last time we have seen her on a racetrack” due to the risks associated with overseas travel.
“That would be very disappointing and sad for me and probably Australian racing in general but let’s hope that is not the case,” the trainer said.