Black Caviar manager dashes hopes of Frankel race

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LONDON (AP) -- The best horses of the Northern and Southern hemispheres won't meet in a race in August as hoped.

Sponsors had put up a $1.6 million prize fund to entice unbeaten Black Caviar and Frankel to enter the Sussex Stakes on Aug. 1. But the manager of Black Caviar says the Australian mare will not take part.

Jeff Connor, Black Caviar's racing manager, said Monday that his horse would return to Melbourne after competing at Royal Ascot to ensure her fitness for races in Australia in the second half of 2012.

Connor says "we understand it would have been a great selling point for Glorious Goodwood but we will have to decline on this occasion."