£3m half-brother of Black Caviar fighting for life after Spider Bite

Black Caviar's two-year-old half-brother, and potential horse racing star, sold for almost £3million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April, is fighting for his life after contracting laminitis.

The incident occurred two weeks' ago at Werribee Veterinary Clinic in Victoria. The horse, known as 'Jimmy', reportedly had an adverse reaction to the antibiotic and it is believed this led to the onset of laminitis, an inflammation of tissue in the hoof. The suspected bite was thought to be from a white-tailed spider.

“His life is on the line, he’s a 50-50 prospect and we hold grave concerns for him,” equine vet Tom Brennan told Australian news agency AAP. Named Jimmy, the colt suffered an adverse reaction to antibiotics, which led to an onset of the hoof disease laminitis in his two front feet, Brennan said.

The next couple of days would be crucial for the horse, Brennan added.

“We’re hopeful, if he has no further complications, there is still a slim chance we may be able to get him to the racetrack but, at the moment, we’re focused on trying to save him and his breeding career.”

Jimmy was purchased for a record £3million by the BC3 Thoroughbreds syndicate at the April Easter yearling sales, days before Black Caviar raced for the final time.

Fierce competition to buy the Redoute's Choice colt was fuelled by the exploits of his brilliant sprinting half-sister Black Caviar, who retired undefeated in 25 races, and his four-time Group 1-winning half-brother All Too Hard.

 

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