Racing: Black Caviar's mum dies at 15
|Racing: Black Caviar's mum dies at 15 - 12th Jan 2017|
Black Caviar's mum, Helsinghe, dead at the age of 15|
Helsinge, the mother of one of Australia's finest race mares, Black Caviar, has died at her owner's stud farm in northern Victoria.
Helsinge produced Black Caviar, former champion three-year-old All Too Hard and also gave birth to a foal that established an Australasian record price.
The 15-year-old daughter of Desert Sun, owned by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm was in foal to stallion Written Tycoon, but was euthanised late last week.
The unbeaten Black Caviar was the first foal Helsinge produced. She then gave birth to Moshe, who is now at stud, and the next foal was group 1 winner All Too Hard, who is also standing at stud.
Helsinge's last living foal is the unraced three-year-old Brigite, by Casino Prince, still owned by Jamieson who also has Naturale, a four-year-old sister to Black Caviar, who never raced.
The colt known to the media as "Jimmy" died without racing and fetched a staggering $5 million at the Sydney yearling sales and was purchased by Melbourne businessman Bill Vlahos, who is facing numerous charges in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
The colt's death has led to a complex insurance battle.
The story of "Jimmy" has been distressing. The son of Helsinge suffered an apparent spider bite before being broken in and, after a bout of diarrhoea, the youngster was finally diagnosed with laminitis. Vets worked around the clock to try to save one of Australia's most valuable pieces of horse flesh but lost the battle.
While Helsinge had very few of her foals make it to the racetrack, they included Black Caviar, who was unbeaten during her amazing career.
It was Black Caviar who made Helsinge one of the most revered broodmares in the country.
After the mare won a string of group 1 races around Australia she went to England, winning at her only outing.
Article courtesy of Fairfax Digital and The Age
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