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Black Caviar set for 2013 return

ESPN staff
September 27, 2012
Black Caviar has not raced since winning at Royal Ascot in June © Getty Images

Black Caviar is on course to make a return to racing in 2013 after recovering from a career-threatening injury picked up during her win at Royal Ascot.

The Australian thoroughbred, undefeated in 22 races and rated as one of the finest sprinters in the history of horse racing, strained a muscle in her hindquarters on her way to victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in June.

Trainer Peter Moody has monitored Black Caviar's recovery on a specialist 'water walker' back in Australia and is now satisfied that she is ready to race again, though is prepared to withdraw her should her recovery show signs of stalling.

"We've decided that we'll give her a chance and so I've sent her for a spell and she'll come back in later in the year and be given a prep and we'll take it from there,'' Moody told the Age. "She looks well and has come from the water walker in good order."

Moody and Black Caviar's owners delayed any decision on her future until after she had undergone some light training at Moody's Caulfield stables, but the trainer will not be rushed into returning her until she reaches top form once more.

"We've got to be happy with her and so if she doesn't come up, then all the owners have lost is one breeding season," he said, adding that no plans were yet in place for a racing schedule next year.

Black Caviar has won AU$6.8 million in prize money and endeared her to the Australian public, while efforts to pitch her against Frankel, the world's top-ranked horse, brought her to the attention of British racing fans.

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