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21/06/2012 11:19 BST | Updated 20/08/2012 06:12 BST

Royal Ascot: Black Caviar Set to Shine

Have you heard of Black Caviar? No? Well by Saturday you surely will have done, when the 'Wonder from Down Under' puts her unbeaten record on the line and looks to confirm her status as the greatest sprinter in racing history.

Have you heard of Black Caviar? No? Well by Saturday you surely will have done, when the 'Wonder from Down Under' puts her unbeaten record on the line and looks to confirm her status as the greatest sprinter in racing history. And where better to do that than at Royal Ascot, the grandest stage in the racing world?

The royal meeting has always been hugely successful when it comes to attracting the planet's finest thoroughbreds, but it's difficult to remember a time the course has welcomed such a high profile name and the countdown to Black Caviar's British debut is about to come to an end.

A worldwide audience will tune in to see her put her Goliath-like reputation on the line in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and racing fans can expect to witness one of the most pulsating performances they're ever likely to see.

But who is she? Quite simply, Black Caviar has become a genuine Australian sporting icon throughout a career that has heralded 21 magnificent victories and she continues to attract the sort of media attention you would expect from a film star.

At least that's how it seemed when she arrived in Britain last week with an army of security guards and an entourage almost big enough to eclipse her astonishing 575kg frame. Her travelling support will be in excess of 5000 people and her devoted fans will be expecting another breath-taking display from the greatest racehorse they have ever produced.

Her odds would suggest that the race is almost a foregone conclusion and with the knowledge that she is the first horse in Australia to have ever run 200 metres in less than ten seconds, it isn't hard to see why she is so heavily fancied to land the six furlong showpiece.

Look back to any of her superb victories and you will see that Black Caviar has never for a single second looked like being beaten and her fame around the world has travelled almost as fast as the sprinting sensation herself.

In Australia, Back Caviar is the owner of her own merchandising outlet and fan club and she attracts the sort of following that British trainers could only dream about. She continues to be the envy of every owner in the world and after being purchased for just £130,000, she has amassed a staggering £3.7m in prize money.

Recently, Black Caviar's owners were tempted into a six-figure contract with television channel TVN for semi-exclusive access to the mare's trip overseas and with this exclusivity the channel will be making a documentary which will be viewed by people all over the world.

She is valued so highly that it's no surprise her trainer Peter Moody has been "nervous" about her international mission, but she will be welcomed with open arms by British racing fans who have become fascinated, even obsessed, with the idea of her making the trip to Ascot.

Every possible measure has been taken to ensure that Moody's nerves are at ease and the champion stepped off her plane at Heathrow sporting a Lycra suit that was specifically designed under the guidance of 100m hurdler Sally Pearson. It was created to make sure her journey around the world was without injury and she is constantly under the watch of vets and attendants to monitor her wellbeing during her trip.

On Saturday millions of people all around the world will tune in to see the globetrotter in action and with the race kicking off well past midnight in Australia, the party is likely to last long into the night.

There is no doubt that Black Caviar is a cultural phenomenon Down Under but now it's time for the magnificent mare to be unleashed on Ascot and showcase her talents at racing's greatest spectacle.

You can get all the latest news and views ahead of Black Caviar's trip to Royal Ascot at Racingbase.com.