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Black Caviar: daughter of Bel Esprit is inbred to Golden Slipper Stakes winner Vain

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Mighty Black Caviar caps big week for Helsinge

Randwick: TJ Smith Stakes (Group 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+

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

Breeder: R Jamieson in Australia

THE Black Caviar show rolled on to Randwick in Australia today as Peter Moody's brilliant daughter of Bel Esprit brushed aside Hay List (by Statue Of Liberty) to win the TJ Smith Stakes.

News relating to the mare has dominated that during the past week in Australia with her yearling half-brother topping this week's Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney when selling for A$1.025 million.

Offered by Makybe on behalf of breeder Rick Jamieson, the son of Casino Prince was snapped up by trainer John Hawkes, who has saddled Black Caviar's brother Moshe to win three of his four starts. Moody was the underbidder.

Black Caviar and Moshe are the first two 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 Wilander, who was fourth in the 2009 Group 1 Lightning Stakes when just a three-year-old. It is family which has excelled in Australia in recent years, with ten stakes winners emerging in the generations descending from Helsinge's third dam, the 1979 Danish Oaks heroine Love Song.

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 1BTC Doomben 10,000 at three.

The son of Royal Academy has been extremely popular at stud, covering an Australian record of 266 mares in 2007 - the year equine influenza prevented many shuttle stallions from standing in Australia - and251 in 2009. He stood the past season alongside Magnus and Hay List's sire Statue Of Liberty at Eliza Park Stud for A$27,500.

Moody paid A$210,000 for Black Caviar at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the second highestamount spent on any Bel Esprit yearling that season. Black Caviar and fellow Group 1 winner Bel Mer are the pick of ten stakes winners from Bel Esprit's first four crops, and interestingly, both are inbred 3x4 to Golden Slipper Stakes winner Vain.

Helsinge has a filly foal by Redoute's Choice and has been covered again by the champion sire.




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