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Black Caviar Now 22-0 After Ascot Win

Black Caviar.Image courtesy of Daily Mail

You may have read previously that Black Caviar had been the horse to watch at the Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Well, though America didn’t ‘have another‘, England celebrated  the monumental 22nd win for the Australian mare. The 6 year-old is now ranked 2nd behind Queen Anne Stakes winner Frankel, who amazed fans by winning by 11 lengths. Though it has been discovered recently that the mare hand endured some serious injuries after her win, sources have confirmed the mare will be resting and well-treated until she is race-ready again.

Frankel. currently ranked as the top racing mare in the world. She doesn’t just look fast, she IS fast. Image courtesy of Bet365.

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Frankel Vs. Black Caviar

Frankel. Image courtesy of Dear Racing Fans.

Endorsed as the “world best racehorse”, onlookers at the Royal Ascot should expect a lot from Frankel as he faces off against thus far undefeated Black Caviar in the 1,200-metre Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Thus far, Frankel has proven to be tough to beat,  with 10 back-to-back wins in the Queen Anne Stakes over 1,600 metres. Ten others will face off against these titans in the lineup, but sources say Black Caviar will be the horse to watch when these two take to the field.

Black Caviar. Image courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.

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Romney’s Rafalca Headed to Olympics?

Ann Romney has long been a rider to combat her Multiple Sclerosis, but it seems the Romneys may soon have a chance at Olympic stardom. Rafalca, a horse owned by the Romneys has recently made the short list for the 2012 London Olympics in dressage.

Pictured: Jan Eberling aboard Rafalca. Image courtesy of Dressage News.

Should the horse succeed, Rafalca will join the political must-see list of competitors alongside Zara Phillips (who has secured a spot in eventing on the British team). As Stephen Colbert vivaciously declared, Dressage will be the ‘official Sport of the Summer’, and it will be interesting to see how veteran dressage rider and Jan Eberling are effected by being such high-profile horses at the event.

On a less professional note, I would like to advise the New York Times that not all horse events are called “races“. In the article’s title ‘For Ann Romney, a Different Sort of Horse Race”, it is implied that Rafalca is a racing horse. This is highly inaccurate. More succinctly, what Rafalca does is compete at a “horse show“. A tennis game is a “match“, similarly a track competition is a “meet“. You wouldn’t refer to a soccer game as a soccer “meet“, so please do your homework before carelessly mis-labelling an equestrian event.

What do you think? Will we have a star-studded summer olympics?

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High Hopes For High Kingdom

Zara Phillips was nominated for the British Olympic Team this past weekend after a stellar performance at the Bramham aboard mount ‘High Kingdom’. The royal is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and will attempt to emulate the successes of parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, both of whom competed for the British team previously.

Will London 2012 see a royal flush from Phillips and High Kingdom? Image courtesy of Voxxi.

As equestrian fans gear up for London 2012, we will have to wait and see what this pair of royals has in store for the competition!

Due to the fact that the olympics will be taking place soon, look forward to more great olympic riding updates!

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