Society Ready To Rock In Jubilee
Society Ready To Rock In Jubilee
Sporting Life

Society Rock

Connections of Society Rock are unfazed by the prospect of taking on Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Although the Australian sensation will be a short price to defend her unbeaten record, Society Rock‘s trainer, James Fanshawe, is upbeat about his representative’s chances as the five-year-old entire attempts to win back-to-back renewals of the Group One.

He told the Guardian: “Apparently Black Caviar is unbeatable.

“But Society Rock has been at his best at the Royal meeting for the last two years and he seems very well, so we’ll just hope that he’s in the same sort of form this year.

Black Caviar has got tremendous pace, but we can’t make any plans or think about tactics until we get much closer to the race.

“We’ll need to see where we’re drawn and how the ground is on the day, but I’m sure there will be a few more besides us that will be turning up and ready to take her on.”

The Lee Westwood-owned Hoof It also bids to lower the colours of Black Caviar on Saturday week.

Mick Easterby’s powerful five-year-old was last seen finishing fifth in the Duke of York Stakes in May.

Black Caviar has got a fantastic reputation and it will be a real pleasure to run against her,” said David Easterby, son and assistant to the Sheriff Hutton handler.

“If we manage to beat her, all well and good, and she’ll have another chance against us in the July Cup.

“We won’t be looking for a way to beat her, there’s no point focusing on that.

“We’ll just try to make sure we run to our best possible performance and if that’s good enough, fine.

“What’s she’s had to do which we won’t is the travelling and she’ll also be running for the first time on a surface that is definitely unique, which is the nicest way to describe how they have altered the straight course at Ascot.

“It’s a course that gets more fancied horses and favourites beaten and by significantly further than the average than any other course.

“Some horses go on it and some don’t.

“It’s a completely new ball game for her and I have to say my one worry (about Hoof It) is that last year’s Wokingham (over the same six-furlong track) was the only bad race he ran all season.”

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