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Black Caviar - Flemington - 18/02/2012

Black Caviar: a half-sister to high-class two-year-old All Too Hard

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Bandwagon keeps rolling for Caviar and Helsinge

Australia: Morphettville

Sportingbet Classic (Group 1),6f, f/m

BLACK CAVIAR (m Bel Esprit - Helsinge by Desert Sun)

Breeder: R Jamieson in Australia

THE current Australian season has been all about Helsinge. On Saturday, her outstanding daughter Black Caviar chalked up her 20th consecutive win - an Australian city record - in Saturday's Sportingbet Classic, a victory which came two weeks following the runner-up effort of Helsinge's juvenile son, Group 2 winner All Too Hard, in the Group 1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes.

The pair are two of the first three foals out of Helsinge, an unraced Desert Sun half-sister to top-class sprinter Magnus, who ran third in the 2007 King's Stand Stakes, and Group 2 winner Wilander.


Black Caviar's front-running style is reminiscent of her sire, Bel Esprit, a precocious and tough performer who defied his A$9,000 yearling price tag - paid by trainer John Symons - by winning eight of 19 starts including the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at two and Group 1 BTC Doomben 10,000 at three.

The son of Royal Academy stood the past season alongside Magnus at Eliza Park Stud for A$27,500. The stud will also stand Black Caviar's multiple-winning brother Moshe this year.

Peter  Moody paid A$210,000 for Black Caviar at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Black Caviar and fellow Group 1 winner Bel Mer are the pick of 13 stakes winners by Bel Esprit, and interestingly, both are inbred to Golden Slipper Stakes winner Vain.

Helsinge's yearling filly by Redoute's Choice recently topped the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale when selling to BC3 Thoroughbreds for A$2.6 million.




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