It seems that the ownership of Jimmy, Black Caviar’s half-brother, is being investigated by Racing Victoria. Jimmy was euthanized on Dec. 29 due to complications of laminitis. This writer wrote about Jimmy’s death: Black Caviar’s half-brother loses battle with laminitis on Sunday.
At this time, the ownership questions are under intense scrutiny. The treatment methodology administered to Jimmy and his veterinary care are not being investigated “at this stage” according to my source, The Herald Sun. The young colt reportedly succumbed to laminitis and was humanely destroyed when the treating veterinarians could no longer control his excruciating pain.
The illustriously-connected stud colt was originally bought by BC3 Thoroughbreds, now defunct. At the time of the purchase, Bill Vlahos was the chairman but he has since gone into hiding when his “punting club” involving $200 million failed.
Of particular note are the suggestions made by former BC3 boss Craig Cameron that the horse “met with foul play.”
Racing Victoria’s Integrity Services general manager Dayle Brown said BC3 is under scrutiny but no further comments will be given. He told The Herald Sun, "The scope of our investigation into BC3 Thoroughbreds and the operation of its racehorse ownership business are broad."
The investors in Vlahos’ BC3 became angry when they learned that Inglis will probably have control of the $5 million death payout. Individuals in the syndicate paid insurance premiums above the “$250,000 stake they put up for a 5 per cent share in the colt. BC3 investors believe they are morally entitled to their share of the insurance. Others, including Wood, are unsure of their legal position.
Lest we forget the beautiful colt at the heart of this incredibly sad story –
Cameron has dismissed any hint of foul play over the spider bite. He said,
I don't think it's possible anyone could have harmed this horse without any one of us knowing. He was under constant supervision. I've heard all the rumor and speculation and it hurts. It's very difficult to accept.
Inglis chief executive Mark Webster was involved with Jimmy when he was repossessed by Inglis. Webster was emotional as he described Jimmy:
He has had periods during the past week when he has not been able to stand and has been in considerable pain. There have been a few close calls. But this morning, the vets decided they could not control the pain any more as they had been giving him the maximum (painkillers) and he was still suffering. It is a sad day.
There are some of the shenanigans by Vlahos. Of course, there is the death of a promising horse. There are countless disappointments, notwithstanding much loss of money. Ultimately the horse came up the biggest loser in the debacle. Yet with all things involving money, this case will undoubtedly continue.
Source: The Herald Sun
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