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TWO stablehands breached security in the stables of champion Australian racehorse Black Caviar in England, forcing a 24-hour guard and extra measures to be put in place ahead of her race debut at Royal Ascot.

RAY THOMAS of the SYDNEY TELEGRAPH reports from LONDON that the men tried to take pictures of themselves with the world's best sprinter after entering her stable at Abington Place, near Newmarket racecourse, in England.

Trainer Peter Moody's stable representatives decided to take no chances after the incident and strictly limited access to the stable and its surrounds to just staff, owners and selected media.

A security firm was employed to guard the stable entrance day and night after the scare - just days after Black Caviar arrived in England two weeks ago.

Tony Haydon, Moody's stable foreman who travelled from Australia with Black Caviar, said last night every precaution was put in place to ensure the mare's safety. After the initial security breach they decided to "take no chances with stable security".

"We haven't had any problems since, we didn't want to come halfway round the world for something to go wrong," Haydon said. "It was as much for the mare's benefit. She needs a bit of peace and quiet as well because the demands from the media have been extreme. I think we got the balance right."

Abington Place has a security-coded front gate, known only to stable staff.

There is a huge Australian contingent in England to see Black Caviar race at Royal Ascot, where she will attempt to win her 22nd race from as many starts in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes early on Sunday morning (Australian time).

Royal Ascot officials are expecting a sell-out crowd of nearly 80,000 to attend the final day, including more than 5000 Australians who have made applications for tickets.

Black Caviar completed cantering exercise on Newmarket's Al Bathari training track yesterday morning with Moody declaring the great mare "has never been fitter".

"We are going in to the race extremely confident, we wouldn't change a thing with our preparation," Moody said.

Moody held a final press call prior to Royal Ascot as rain began to tumble down at Newmarket. There had also been heavy rain near London and there is an increasing likelihood of the track surface being wetter than Black Caviar has ever raced on.

She has never raced on a track surface rated worse than dead but Moody said she had performed well on a heavy track in barrier trials.

"I am not worried about track conditions, there are two days until the race and I will worry about that on race morning," Moody added.

The famous Royal Ascot carnival has already had highlights, most notably Frankel's 11-length win in the Queen Anne Stakes and former Australian champion So You Think's triumph in the Prince Of Wales Stakes. Perhaps the best is yet to come with Black Caviar a $1.30 favourite.



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