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Black Caviar - Ascot 23/06/2012

Black Caviar: first start since landing Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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Queen of speed faces seven on return to action

Preview: Australia, Saturday 5.30am GMT (live on ATR)

Flemington: Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Group 1) 5f, turf, 2yo+

AUSTRALIAN sprint sensation Black Caviar will face just seven rivals in Saturday's Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington as she bids to stretch her remarkable unbeaten sequence to 23.

The seven-year-old wonder mare, who has won the race named in her honour for the last two years, will be racing for the first time since landing Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes last June, and trainer Peter Moody has again warned it could well be the final time she graces a racecourse with her presence.

"Saturday could be her last one," Moody said. "However, she might run in Sydney and Brisbane before her retirement. It would be a wonderful tribute to her and her fans to have her grand final on the eastern seaboard."

Moody, who has adopted a patient policy in bringing brilliant Black Caviar back from the pulled muscles and ligaments she tore at Royal Ascot, added: "She is in great shape ahead of Flemington, and totally stress-free, just like her trainer! She has prepped up a treat for this race."

Black Caviar is certain to be sent off at very restrictive odds once again even though it will be her first race in almost eight months. In terms of form she is in a totally different league to her rivals which include the Moody-trained Moment Of Change and Golden Archer.

Satin Shoes, Shamexpress, First Command, Go The Knuckle and Spirit Cent complete the eight-strong field.

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