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'Just outrageous': English bookies question Black Caviar after Ortensia flop

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Hate Aussies, love Black Caviar: McCririck

Flamboyant English horse racing pundit John McCririck is hoping Black Caviar finds success at Royal Ascot for the sake of the sport.

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English bookmakers have reacted sharply to Ortensia's unplaced effort in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last night - and Black Caviar fans are reaping the benefits.

Ortensia started a $5.50 equal favourite for the 1000m Group 1 dash, but sweated up before the race and was unable to produce her customary finishing burst on a soft track, eventually finishing midfield behind Little Bridge (ridden by Australian jockey Zac Purton).

I think the formlines that they're trying to draw are completely flawed. If you've got a price of $1.25 or better on Black Caviar, it's just outrageous. 

As a result, English bookmakers have let the unbeaten Black Caviar drift to $1.30 (from $1.25) for Sunday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes - a price that leading Australian bookmaker Alan Eskander, of Betstar, described as "outrageous".

Black Caviar, ridden by Paddy Bell, canters in preparation for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Black Caviar, ridden by Paddy Bell, canters in preparation for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: AP

Eskander, currently in England, attended yesterday's first day of racing at the Royal Ascot carnival and will again don the top hat and tails to cheer on Black Caviar on Saturday (12.45am Sunday AEST).

"The market was pretty much solid at $1.25 before today, but Ortensia's failure at Ascot here has given the local bookies and the local press some confidence to take on Black Caviar," Eskander said.

"Maybe they're trying to draw a line through the Australian sprinters and trying to think they're not as strong as they originally thought they were. But I think trying to compare Ortensia and Black Caviar is chalk and cheese.

Peter Moody, trainer of Black Caviar, at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Peter Moody, trainer of Black Caviar, at Royal Ascot yesterday. Photo: Getty Images

"I think the formlines that they're trying to draw are completely flawed. If you've got a price of $1.25 or better on Black Caviar, it's just outrageous."

Eskander said he bumped into Black Caviar's trainer, Peter Moody, yesterday, with the trainer reporting all was well with five-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit.

"I bumped into Peter today - he said the horse has travelled beautifully, he couldn't be happier with her. She's settled in really well, acclimatised really well and the horse is in flying form."

Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum leads Little Bridge, ridden by Zac Purton, back to scale after winning the King's Stand Stakes on the first day of the Royal Ascot carnival. Australian sprinter Ortensia was unplaced.

Hong Kong trainer Danny Shum leads Little Bridge, ridden by Zac Purton, back to scale after winning the King's Stand Stakes on the first day of the Royal Ascot carnival. Australian sprinter Ortensia was unplaced. Photo: AP

All of which, Eskander believes, points to yet another dominant victory for Black Caviar, who is aiming to chalk up her 22nd consecutive career victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m).

"I think that if you watch the races in Australia, I think it'll be much the same. The quality of the field is much the same - if anything, you could argue that the quality of the fields she's tackled in Australia were slightly better.

"So as a consequence, I think she'll win pretty comfortably. They won't hold anything back in this race and as a consequence I wouldn't be surprised to see her win by four, five or six lengths."

The world's top-rated racehorse, Frankel (ridden by Tom Queally), wins The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The world's top-rated racehorse, Frankel (ridden by Tom Queally), wins The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Photo: Reuters

Eskander said one Betstar client would be cheering on Black Caviar more than most, having outlaid $50,000 on a double of Frankel winning the Queen Anne Stakes, into Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee.

The punter's first leg was a breeze last night, with Frankel - the world's top-rated racehorse - destroying his rivals by 11 lengths after starting at a price of $1.10.

It was Frankel's 11th win from 11 starts, and will more than likely lift even further his already amazing rating of 143. Black Caviar, at 136, is rated the second-best horse in the world.

Eskander admitted it was awe-inspiring to watch Frankel demolish top quality opposition at a venue that "needs to be seen to be believed".

"It was just breathtaking. You walk in and you see this impeccable mounting yard, people all around it - just a beautiful place to view horses before they go out to the track," he said.

"The grandstand is exactly that - it's a grandstand in its stature and its size and its ability to hold the people and look over the racetrack. Then you've got this straight that's a mile long, so to be able to see Frankel run down the straight over a mile is something that I've never witnessed before and just thoroughly enjoyed."

59 comments

  • "...see Frankel run down the straight over a mile..."

    Is he exercising hyperbole or is it really 1600m long? Assuming the post is half way down the straight that means the start of a 1200m race will probably be on the last bend. Am I missing something here?

    Commenter
    BT
    Location
    Not Ascot
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 7:57AM
    • He's definitely not exercising hyperbole - the 1600m course is run down the straight, believe it or not. You can view a course map for Royal Ascot here: http://images.theage.com.au/file/2012/06/20/3388739/flatcourse_map.pdf

      Commenter
      Daniel Sankey
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 8:05AM
    • So does that mean the 1200m race is run down the straight also?

      Commenter
      BT
      Location
      Not Ascot
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 9:09AM
    • That's correct.

      Commenter
      Daniel Sankey
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 10:06AM
  • Frankel Vs Black Caviar 1400m bring it on

    Commenter
    Peter Moody
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 8:20AM
    • It will never happen. Can't risk Black Caviar's streak. Like the boxer who always fights chumps, doesn't want to risk losing.

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Caulfield
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 9:21AM
    • It's not about retaining unbeaten records, they are different horses that run different distances. There is no equal footing on which a fair contest could be had. A shame obviously, but true.

      Commenter
      No name
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 9:42AM
    • oh yeah, a sprinter v a middle distance runner.

      let Frankel run at black caviers distance and see who gets spanked.

      Wait wait a middle distance runner who can't sprint? must be a chump.

      Commenter
      Dan Warna
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 10:00AM
    • No it won't happen. Seen her race and she's a great sprinter but she should have raced against More Joyous in the Doncaster over a mile and not against a few scrubbers in Adelaide. She's too protected and she certainly should never be compared to the likes of Pharlap, Tulloch, Kingston Town and many others.

      Commenter
      labor trasher
      Location
      jagajaga
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 10:02AM
    • Of course Frankel and Black Caviar will never meet, there is no point. They are not human athletes with something to prove. But the real reason it doesn't make any sense is the stud prices. Either horse is worth umpteen millions right now at stud and that worth could vary by millions if it had a loss recorded against its name. Anyhow, why would anyone want to see either one of the greatest horses that have raced in decades (if not ever) lose a race? Just be grateful if you are an equine or horse racing lover , or both, that you have lived in a time where you could witness these two champs race. You can be assured Black Caviar will romp in on Saturday. This is not sentimentality. The world has not seen anything like her before and maybe never will again.

      Commenter
      willo
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 10:04AM

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