Australian mare Black Caviar – dubbed the “wonder from Down Under” – has arrived safely in the UK ahead of her run at Royal Ascot.
Black Caviar, who is unbeaten in 21 starts in her homeland, is due to run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday 23 June.
She arrived in Newmarket, where she will be staying for the duration of her visit, at 9.30pm last night (Thursday 7 June).
During the 32hour flight from Australia – via Singapore and Sharjah – she wore a special lycra compression suit to aid blood flow.
Vet Peter Angus, who travelled over with her told Australian paper The Age she was “very bright”.
“After a journey like this they can be so tired that sometimes their eyes are dulled, but she’s as bright as a button,” he said.
“She seems to have eaten and drunk on the flight and is in very good condition. She doesn’t look to have lost much weight, looking over her hindquarters. The next couple of days will tell but she seems very settled and relaxed.”
The six-year-old mare is fast becoming something of a global superstar and is gathering a growing fanbase.