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No ground worries for Caviar

Wed, 13 June 2012
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Big-race rider Luke Nolen is confident Australian superstar Black Caviar will not be inconvenienced by the prospect of soft ground in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.

The unbeaten mare arrived in Britain last Thursday and stands on the verge of her 22nd straight victory, with all but three of her wins having come under Nolen, who has experience of the Berkshire track riding in the Shergar Cup.

"A genuine wet track - as long as they are getting fully in it - I don't see it being a great issue at all. She goes very well at home in different conditions. She galloped very good in testing conditions and came through it with flying colours," the jockey told At The Races.

"Like any fine lady they just require a bit of maintenance, that's all. Our significant others require a bit of maintenance occasionally and she's no different to anyone out there. Any married man or married lady will probably testify to this.

"We're very much managing her at this stage and I genuinely think yield in the ground, so long as it's not bottomless, I don't see it being a major issue at all.

"I think Ascot will play to her strengths being a slightly tougher straight six than the one we are accustomed to at home. It's a testing six and I really do think it will play to her strengths.

"She's a wonderfully relaxed mare and I can ride her however I decide. She can give them a start, she can break them right up the middle of a race and carve out sectionals that I've never seen a horse capable of. She can bring horses out of their comfort zone."

Nolen also said he had every faith that the Peter Moody-trained star would find plenty for the whip - if it was required.

He added: "If it's required at Ascot, she'll respond duly to the whip. I'll ride her as she jumps. She's got a wonderful racing attitude and a wonderful racing style. I do respect the opposition - I've watched Bated Breath and a few others on the tapes -but I've got a great deal of faith in the mare I'm riding.

"Saturday week cannot come quick enough. I'll be devastated if she got beat, that's for sure. We're going there to win and we've left no stone unturned. We're hopeful of conquering Ascot."

Bloodstock Al: RT @WatershipStud: Claba Di San Jore folaed a colt by Dubawi last night http://t.co/yhO4fLExL4
Bloodstock Al: RT @DanBriden: @bloodstock_al I put this together yesterday - 1000 Guineas winners (1990-2008) at stud. http://t.co/YxkDBh6zk7
Bloodstock Al: @DanBriden Interesting read- as you say successful mares are the exception to the rule; shame about Kazzia as her record is as good as any.
Bloodstock Al: RT @EquilineT: Shamkala (f.2011)(Pivotal - Shamakiya x Intikhab) easy win in Prix des Tertres (10f.) at Longchamp < http://t.co/gZUSuQKQBl