Black Caviar’s emphatic victory in Saturday’ s T J Smith Stakes was the 18th Group 1 triumph recorded by the progeny of Helsinge.
The world champion mare improved her record to 25-25-0-0 just a few days after her half-brother by Redoute’s Choice made a record-priced $5 million at the Inglis Easter yearling Sale.
Helsinge (Desert Sun) has been an Inglis Easter Yearling Sale goldmine. Her progeny have realised $8.9 million as yearlings and earned $10 million on the track so far.
The mare was a $115,000 purchase at the 2005 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale. An unraced three-year-old daughter of G2 winner Scandinavia, she grabbed the attention of agent Peter Ford acting on behalf of Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson.
Sent to Bel Esprit later that year, Helsinge produced a giant dark brown filly. Helsinge was sent back to Bel Esprit again and next season produced a bay or brown colt. For her third mating Jamieson chose Churchill Downs, but Helsinge missed. The following season Helsinge was mated with first-season stallion Casino Prince and produced a bay colt.
The first foal was sold for $210,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Named Black Caviar, she is the world’s highest ever rated sprinter with earnings of $7.95 million.
Moshe was her second foal and he sold for $80,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Moshe won three times as a three-year-old and was retired to Eliza Park Stud last season when he covered 175 mares at $6,600.
Helsinge’s third foal topped the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale at $1,025,000. Patinack Farm bought the Casino Prince colt and, racing as All Too Hard, he won the G1 Caulfield Guineas and is one of the world’s top rated three-year-old milers on turf.
Helsinge’s next two foals, a filly and then colt by Redoute’s Choice, have also topped the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. The filly, now named Belle Couture, realised $2.60 million last year while the colt set a new Australian record when he was sold for $5 million last week. Both were purchased by BC3 Thoroughbreds.
Jamieson has Helsinge back at Gilgai Farm with a sister to Black Caviar at foot and in foal to Casino Prince. “Helsinge is one the great bloodstock stories from around the world and she was purchased right here at the Easter Broodmare Sale,” Inglis bloodstock director Jonathan D’Arcy said. “There is always something for every breeder at the Easter Broodmare Sale, from fillies off the track to proven producers and tax-mares.
“Helsinge was purchased straight off the track at the sale, as was Group 1 winner River Dove, the dam of last week’s $4 million Fastnet Rock yearling colt. While So You Think’s dam Triassic was purchased as an older mare for just $16,000 at the Easter Broodmare Sale.”
The 2013 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale begins today, Tuesday, April 16.
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