Black Caviar ‘sore’ after Royal Ascot

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Black Caviar is set to head back to Australia for a three-month break after incurring an injury while winning her 22nd consecutive race on Saturday (June 23rd) at Royal Ascot.

The unbeaten mare was confirmed to have some soft tissue damage in her quadriceps muscle and as a result will not compete again until the Patinack Farm Classic in Melbourne in November.

Trainer Peter Moody described the horse's condition as "very flat" after the victory but also played down any thoughts of retirement.

Black Caviar was expected to romp home in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot but jockey Luke Nolen eased off before the line, allowing for Moonlight Cloud to come through.

However, Nolen realised his mistake with mere metres to go and got a response from Black Caviar as she won by half a head on the line.

She will now spend 14 days in quarantine in Britain before heading home to Australia to recuperate.

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