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Black Caviar the excitement machine all set for the Queen

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The Goodwood, Morphettville

Jockey Luke Nolen rides Black Caviar to a 21st consecutive victory.

Jockey Luke Nolen rides Black Caviar to a 21st consecutive victory. Photo: Mark Dadswell

THE MARGIN didn't matter to trainer Peter Moody or jockey Luke Nolen as Black Caviar cruised to her 21st consecutive victory in the Goodwood at Morphettville.

Under a calm and confident ride from Nolen, the champion mare was given an easy time, safely held as We're Gonna Rock got to within 1¼ lengths by the finish line.

Earlier this week, Moody took a swipe at corporate bookmakers posting novelty bets including how much the mare would win by.

He repeated the exercise again yesterday.

''No-one's ever given us any more for winning by big spaces,'' Moody said.

''Luke looked after her. He was kind and we're happy where we're at.''

Nolen was just as pleased with the mare who jumped cleanly and led from the outset before ambling to the line.

''She was never out of second gear,'' Nolen said.

''I'm not a punter. I don't worry about margins.

''As long as she bloody wins I don't care.''

Nolen said Black Caviar hadn't been at the top of her game when she looked slightly awkward winning the Robert Sangster Stakes two weeks ago.

''The other day she wasn't the same horse but today she was back to the machine she is,'' he said.

Royal Ascot and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes is now the mission for the Black Caviar team - as long as Moody and the horse are happy.

''She's where we want her and and as long as she pleases us the next three weeks we're on the plane to England,'' he said.

''Everything's gone as expected. She's done a good job.''

Moody is known to suck down a couple of nervous cigarettes before Black Caviar races and admits he is in awe of the mare.

''The hairs on the back of my neck stand up like anyone else,'' he said.

''You've got an excitement machine coming your way,'' he added for the British public.

The excitement machine is due to leave for England in three weeks to race in front of the Queen and also holds an entry in the July Cup at Newmarket.

There was a sell-out crowd of 30,000 at Morphettville for the second time to see Black Caviar with the normal attendance on Goodwood day around 5,000. AAP

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