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Black Caviar to star in Royal Ascot Race
Black Caviar is one of a number of Aussie horses to star at Royal Ascot. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au

Australian horses, mostly sprinters, have enjoyed success in the past at the time-honoured Royal Ascot carnival.

The first Aussie champion to blow away the Brits was Paul Perry's, Choisir. In 2003, the star colt won the Group 1 King's Stand (which was only a Group 2 then) on the opening day of the carnival and four days later took out the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes. That unique sprinting double has yet to be replicated.

In 2006, Queanbeyan cabbie, Joe Janiak, took bargain priced Takeover Target to England. A $1250 purchase, Takeover Target won the King's Stand, one of 21 successes on the track which netted his battling trainer over $6m in prizemoney. The following year, Lee Freedman saddled up classy mare Miss Andretti for a dominat win in the King's Stand Stakes, meaning Aussies had won this Group 1 sprint three times in five years.

We didn't have to wait long for another green and gold victory in the King's Stand. In 2009, West Australian star Scenic Blast saluted. Then it was the turn of Choisir's son Starspangledbanner. Trained by Irishman Aiden O'Brien, the Aussie product captured the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

And just two years ago, amazing mare Black Caviar scored a thrilling last stride victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes when jockey Luke Nolen almost blew it! Nellie (Black Caviar), her connections and trainer Peter Moody got to meet the Queen that day at Royal Ascot. After three more runs, Black Caviar was retired, unbeaten in 25 starts with almost $8m in stakes earnings.

The Group 1s on Wednesday morning (AEST) are the Queen Anne Stakes, the King's Stand Stakes and the St James's Palace Stakes.

On Thursday morning it's the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Friday's highlight is the Gold Cup, Saturday morning's main event is the Coronation Stakes, while the carnival winds up with the running of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Sunday morning (AEST).

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