Australian racing punters are gearing up for what many believe could be the ‘bet of the century’ as their local darling Black Caviar prepares to serve it up to the Brits on their home turf at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the historic meeting on June 23.
Going for a remarkable 22nd consecutive victory having never tasted defeat in what has been a quite stunning racecourse career over the last four seasons, the six-year-old mare has been almost impossible to back in her native land as bookmakers have continually run for cover regularly offering odds of no better than 1/20 about Peter Moody’s speedball seeing off her unfortunate rivals, and the mare has never looked in any danger of defeat.
Her current rating suggests that she has plenty in hand of her British and European rivals at Ascot, but local bookmakers are seemingly prepared to put their collective heads on the block having yet to see with their own eyes just what Black Caviar can do over six furlongs. They have also factored into the equation the marathon journey from Australia to England that is sure to have taken something out of the record breaking sprinter, but connections have already stated that they have been particularly pleased with the way the Aussie superstar handled the marathon trip and are more than hopeful that she can add to a long line of previous Australian-trained Royal Ascot winning sprinters such as Choisir, Takeover Target and Miss Andretti, all of whom were rated some way behind the daughter of Bel Esprit.
At current odds of a best priced 2/5 there will be many back home who judge that the potential to make 40% profit on Black Caviar in just about 70 seconds is a bargain too good to miss. Will she prove the ‘bet of the century’, or do the local bookies know something the Australians don’t?
If you fancy getting odds on Black Caviar then Paddy Power are giving new customers a free £20 bet – many will be lumping the free money on the Wonder From Down Under!