Black Caviar: trainer Peter Moody nearly scratched mare at Royal AscotPICTURE: Getty Images
Moody: I nearly pulled Caviar out of Royal Ascot
Australia: Black Caviar was on the brink of being pulled out of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes the night before the race her trainer Peter Moody has revealed.
Black Caviar maintained her unbeaten record, which stands at 22, with a narrow success at Royal Ascot and is only just back in light training for a potential return to the track.
Moody said that he felt his star mare was not quite herself and had called his wife Sarah on the eve of the race to discuss withdrawing the horse.
"She said you've got it right 21 times before and to back my own judgment. But she said don't blame me if you stuff it up now," Moody said.
"How close was I to scratching her? I don't know, but when you get a horse like her you get protective of her record and when they have soundness issues it probably always crosses your mind.
"At the end of the day I convinced myself she was good enough to get the job done and thankfully she was."
Speaking at the Racing Queensland awards ceremony at the weekend, Moody added that he had possibly pushed Black Caviar too hard before Ascot and that she could race again if showing willingness to do so.
"Maybe I did a little bit too much but I just wanted to make sure everything was working," he said. "I didn't want to make excuses before the race because you look like an idiot for doing it.
"She has the next 21 days to prove she wants to keep racing. If she does she will go out for a spell next month and come back into work in November and prepare for the autumn."