• Horse Racing

Caviar 15lbs below best at Ascot

ESPN staff
June 26, 2012
Black Caviar extended her unbeaten record to 22 races © PA Photos

Black Caviar ran 15lbs below her official rating in Australia on her way to a narrow victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

The British Horseracing Authority handicappers have awarded her a performance rating of 117, down from a domestic rating of 132.

The six-year-old mare extended her unbeaten record to 22 races in the Jubilee, her first run outside of Australia.

It was not a commanding victory ahead of Moonlight Cloud, but Black Caviar was found to have torn muscles in her back during the race.

And her owners insist they have no regrets about taking the horse on a journey across the globe to compete at Royal Ascot.

"It's been a whirlwind and I don't think anyone has regretted bringing the horse here [to England]," part-owner Neil Werrett said.

"We've met the Queen and the horse got a pat from the Queen, so if this was the end, she's ended on a high and she's one of the best racehorses ever.

"I'm sure many owners would love to be living this dream of owning and winning at Ascot."

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