Black Caviar will not be making an appearance in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday November 19, 2011.
The five-year-old mare sustained a small muscle tear in her back during her most recent win in the $1 million Patinack Farm Classic.
Trainer Peter Moody made the decision to spell the super mare after she failed to handle Flemington’s firm track last start.
“After talking to the owners, we weighed up the pros and cons and we’ve decided she won’t be going to Perth,” Moody said.
“She knows she’s had a run. She’s a little jarry.
“She’s just come to the end of it. It was a hot day, firm track and so we decided she can have a break.
“Luke (Nolen) just said, ‘It was great, but she wasn’t at her top’.
“I just think she pulled up feeling the ground a bit and that’s not a criticism of the track. I don’t want people hanging the track man.”
Moody had been hoping to travel Black Caviar to Perth for the Winterbottom Stakes 2011 as experience prior to her scheduled England trip next year.
“I would have loved her to have that experience and it is also disappointing for the people of Perth,” he said.
Co-owner Neil Werrett expressed his disappointment over Black Caviar missing the 2011 Winterbottom Stakes.
“Peter rang me at 6.30am (and) said, ‘I’m recommending we should keep her home’,” Werrett said.
“It was a hard decision because we were all mentally going to Perth and really looking forward to it.”
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