WE all know the saying – opinions are like a---holes, everyone has them.
So I'm going to do my best to not get on my high horse about everyone's opinion of Black Caviar's performance on Saturday night, because everyone is entitled to their opinion.
What bemuses me, however, is that these once-a-year experts suddenly feel qualified to comment on a jockey's tactics, a horse's gait and welfare.
The rumours about Black Caviar have been rife over the past couple of days. Most of them from unreliable or made-up sources.
So let me start by saying that I'm not in the Moody camp and I'm not a qualified veterinarian.
Unless a horse is visibly limping then I can't tell if it's lame.
In fact, I've known some horses can look like they are a bit sore in one leg, only to find out that's the way they always look.
So I'm not going to comment on Black Caviar's fitness.
The one thing I can say definitively is that she did not race to her best on Saturday night at Royal Ascot and still managed to win a Group 1 race on a track she'd never seen before.
To me, that's a bloody terrific effort.
There are a lot of factors to take into account with horses travelling overseas and, invariably, horses run worse than their usual standard.
Things like vaccinations can affect different horses in different ways and its not uncommon for thoroughbreds to go "off the boil" after their pre-travel jabs.
So there are many things that need to be taken into account when horses come overseas.
It's the same when European stayers come to Australia in the spring.