Black Caviar’s brother dies following spider bite

Two-year-old Jimmy, a half-brother to Black Caviar, has died following complications after he suffered a spider bite.
Two-year-old Jimmy, a half-brother to Black Caviar, has died following complications from treatment received after a spider bite.

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.


5 thoughts on “Black Caviar’s brother dies following spider bite

  • December 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Jimmy was never going to come out of hospital alive.

    Was just a matter of time.

    He was bitten by a white tail spider? Evidence please.

    BC3 Thoroughbreds has just gone belly up owing a whole lot of money.

    Jimmy was purchased for five million dollars and most likely insured for the same sum.

    Bingo, put one and one together or “make the connection”.

    • December 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Bee Bee it is fools like you that give racing a bad name. BC3 doesn’t get the money it goes back to Ingles. Why would they want to hurt the horse. Bingo one and one makes seven!!!

  • December 30, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Very sad………even with all of their size and power, horses are still so fragile in many ways…… RIP Jimmy…….

  • December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    It is highly unlikely a spider bite would lead to the death of the horse. Being outdoors in paddocks for much of the day – all sorts of insects bite our horses. You often see little lumps on their backs – the result of insect bites.
    However laminitis (founder) is a killer – thought to result from too rich feed – it becomes so painful for a horse in their hooves – it “parks out” then goes down in an attempt to relieve the pain. Once they have had a bad episode it will keep returning. I am not a vet – but have had first hand experience with my own horses. Horse lover, Tamworth NSW.

    • December 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Smart man David, you are all over it this poor horse did not die from the spider bite . He died from the results of the medication not agreeing with him then getting diarrhea which then led to Laminitis.


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