Black Caviar wins Race Five the Schweppes Stakes during Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley Racecourse on October 23, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia

Luke Nolen: due to be reunited with Black Caviar for a workout on Tuesday

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Track no problem for Black Caviar says Nolen

JOCKEY Luke Nolen said on Monday that the track at Ascot will pose no problems for unbeaten wondermare Black Caviar when she lines up for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

Only hours after arriving in Britain on Sunday night, Nolen was out on Newmarket Heath for the first time on Monday morning.

After casting his eye over Black Caviar, who will be bidding for her 22nd consecutive victory at Royal Ascot, he said: "Black Caviar looks great and has travelled over well. She probably had a lot less to drink on the plane than I did!"

Nolen hopes to be reunited with Black Caviar for a workout on grass on Tuesday morning and he added: "I know Pete's very happy with her. I rode her in her last gallop before she left and she was in very good nick.

"I'm not worried too much about the undulations as she travels very well and takes a big stride. She goes great on straight tracks at home and she is the highest-rated in the race."

Trainer Peter Moody said: "Black Caviar is the fittest I've ever had her. I made sure she was pretty straight when she got on the plane and she hasn't needed to work since.

"Hopefully we can get her on the Limekilns in the morning and give her a gallop over three furlongs or something but nothing major."

Referring to the possibility of her running in the July Cup, Moody added: "If she was a colt I would consider it but as far as I'm concerned if she does it on Saturday that is job done."

THINK Flat racing and most think of Royal Ascot. The hats - running the gamut from stunning to misguided - the pageantry, the Queen in her carriage, the tops 'n' tails, the champagne on lush green lawns and, not forgetting, the incredible racing come together to form one of Britain's most iconic sporting events.

Over five days in mid-June the nation's great and good descend upon the royal racetrack for an occasion rich in every sense - in heritage, in sporting merit,and in the vast array of wealth represented by the crowds of dukes, earls and oligarchs strutting before the grandstand.

For mere mortals Royal Ascot is a chance to watch and wonder at the elaborate outfits donned at the Berkshire racecourse and watch in wonder as the cream of British and Irish Flat talent square off against each other and - increasingly - the steady stream of raiders from Australia, America and other corners of the globe.

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