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Black Caviar’s half-brother loses battle with laminitis

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The life of Jimmy, half brother of brilliant racehorse Black Caviar, ended today, Dec. 29, when he was humanely euthanized. Jimmy was the most expensive horse in Australia’s history, having been purchased for $A5 million by BC3 Thoroughbreds as a yearling. He was bitten by a spider in early November, had a serious allergic reaction to the antibiotic treatment and developed the serious and debilitating disease laminitis.

The colt had trained on the horse treadmill and water walker beginning in late September at Talwood Park at Whittlesea. He had just been started under the saddle when the spider got to him

The unraced, unnamed two-year-old colt, sired by Redoute’s Choice out of Helsinge by Desert Sun informally known as “Jimmy” was being treated by top surgeons in veterinary medicine at the University of Melbourne Equine Centre, Werribee.

Jimmy was insured at least for his purchase price or more and was recently repossessed by Inglis Bloodstock. The colt’s medical expenses incurred for the months of November and December have already spiked to an estimated $40,000 in veterinary costs.

Jimmy’s survival chances had never risen better than 50-50 and his prognosis was poor. On Christmas Eve, Jimmy’s health rapidly deteriorated until by late Saturday night, he was unable to get to his feet.

Managing director of Inglis, Mark Webster, made this announcement about Jimmy:

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.

The racing world is deeply saddened by the loss of Jimmy. It would have been exciting to see this young colt’s development.

The writer told about Jimmy’s plight in Black Caviar’s young half brother is fighting for his life

Source: Paulick Report

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