Not for the first time, Black Caviar lifted to another level on Saturday and so did the value of her baby half-brother catalogued for the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Black Caviar broke the 1000 metre Flemington track record winning her third G1 Lightning Stakes. She clocked 55.42 seconds down the straight course at headquarters which was 0.08 seconds quicker than the previous mark recorded by Swettenham champion Special in the same race in February 1988.
The victory was Black Caviar’s 23rd in a blemish-free career. It was also her third in Australia’s most prestigious 1000m dash, a race that now carries her own name and is the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge. “It’s good to have her back,” trainer Peter Moody said. “It’s the first time I’ve been nervous in a long time. I suppose it was the seven-month break.”
Moody trained the first three across the line in Saturday with stablemates Moment Of Change (Barely A Moment) and Golden Archer (Rock Of Gibraltar) chasing the champion home. “We were on a hiding to nothing bringing her back after Royal Ascot. The job was done and we thought it was over but to come back and do that and run a record, I’m lost for words.
Black Caviar (6m Bel Esprit – Helsinge by Desert Sun) sold for $210,000 through the Swettenham draft at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier. Owner-breeder Rick Jamieson has entered her Redoute’s Choice half-brother via the Three Bridges consignment at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Catalogued as Lot 131, the colt will be offered during the first session on April 9. The price-tag will be a talking point leading up to Easter but a $2 million-plus figure appears a formality if he parades with a plus for looks.
It also helps that All Too Hard is building the pedigree on another front. He’s arguably the second best horse in the nation behind his world-famous half-sister.
All Too Hard (Casino Prince) has Group 1 wins to his credit most recently in the Caulfield Guineas and Orr Stakes. They sandwiched a just-as- impressive second to Ocean Park in the W S Cox Plate. He sold for $1,025,000 at the 2011 Easter Inglis Sale and Vinery bumped that up to a reported $20 million to buy him as a stallion prospect in December.
BC3 Thoroughbreds weighed in with $2.60 million for the Redoute’s Choice – Helsinge filly at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale. She has been named Belle Couture and is on the books with trainer Kevin Newby at Geelong.
This year’s Easter Sale will also feature a Redoute’s Choice colt from Helsinge’s dam Scandinavia. Eliza Park Stud will offer the colt as Lot 319 on behalf of Dorrington Farm.
There are also three yearlings heading to the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale that feature Black Caviar on their pedigree page. They are:-
Lot 430 – Bel Esprit – Hypatia colt
Lot 518 – Pentire – Midnight Blues colt
Lot 519 – Bel Esprit – Midnight Sun colt
Black Caviar’s sire Bel Esprit has 25 yearlings catalogued for the Premier Sale on March 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Eliza Park Stud, the home of Bel Espirt, leads the vendor list with 60 yearlings. Swettenham Stud, which had the pleasure of offering Black Caviar at the 2008 Melbourne Premier, will bring another strong group of 29 yearlings to Oaklands Junction.
The 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue can be viewed at: www.inglis.com.au