The two-year-old half brother to champion racemare Black Caviar has died after suffering laminitis, a complication following treatment for a spider bite early in November.
The two-year-old Redoute’s Choice-Helsinge colt, whose paddock name was Jimmy, had been under the care of the Werribee Veterinary Clinic, where he had been treated for the bite in early November. Jimmy then suffered an antibiotic reaction, which caused diarrhoea and then laminitis.
Jimmy was Australia’s most expensive thoroughbred after setting a new record price as yearling at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, with BC3 Thoroughbreds bidding $A5 million to buy him in April.
William Inglis and Son auction house managing director Mark Webster announced Jimmy’s death today. The company held security over Jimmy, following the collapse of BC3 Thoroughbreds.
“At approximately 11am this morning the Redoute’s Choice x Helsinge two-year-old colt known as Jimmy was euthanized on humane grounds at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee, Victoria,” Webster said.
“As the younger sibling to champions Black Caviar and All Too Hard, we all had great expectations for Jimmy on the track and in the breeding barn. This is a very sad outcome for all involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at the Werribee Hospital for their dedicated care, in particular to Dr Chris Whitton and his colleagues who monitored Jimmy throughout the Christmas period.”
Jimmy was Australia’s most expensive yearling, selling at auction for $A5 million.
He had started training in late September at Talwood Park at Whittlesea, where he had been working on the treadmill and water walker, before being started under saddle.
His prognosis was always guarded, with BC3 Thoroughbreds saying in mid November that Jimmy’s chances were 50-50.