Lot 131 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
Lot 131 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

Watch Jimmy, Redoutes’s Choice half brother to Black Caviar, on parade at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

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“At approximately 11 a.m. this morning the Redoute’s Choice - Helsinge 2-year-old colt known as Jimmy was euthanized on humane grounds at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee Victoria.” - Mark Webster Inglis CEO

The Redoute’s Choice (Aus) 2-year-old half-brother to superstars Black Caviar (Aus) and All Too Hard (Aus), purchased for an Australian yearling record of A$5 million at Inglis Easter and affectionately known as ‘Jimmy,’ was euthanized yesterday at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee, Victoria. The colt had developed laminitis that is believed to have stemmed from an adverse reaction to antibiotics used to treat a spider bite in November.

Jimmy was purchased by BC3 Thoroughbreds at Easter earlier this year, however the sale company held security over the colt as a result of BC3’s failure to pay for him. BC3 Thoroughbreds crumbled just weeks ago after its CEO Bill Vlahos resigned amidst bankruptcy and multi-million dollar charges stemming from member losses from a punting club he operated.

Inglis CEO Mark Webster revealed the news this morning on his blog, stating: “As a lover of all horses, but in particular the magnificent Thoroughbred, it is with a heavy heart that I write this post. At approximately 11 a.m. this morning the Redoute’s Choice - Helsinge 2-year-old colt known as Jimmy was euthanized on humane grounds at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee Victoria. Jimmy was suffering from laminitis, a painful hoof condition that impacts on the mobility of horses. It is believed the laminitis developed after suffering an adverse reaction to antibiotics, which were being used to treat his swollen leg when admitted to the Hospital in early November. Jimmy became a household name after setting a new record price as yearling at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, reaching $5 million to the bid of BC3 Thoroughbreds. As the younger sibling to Champions Black Caviar and All Too Hard [Aus], 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 is out of the 12-year-old Helsinge (Aus) (Desert Sun {GB}) who, in addition to producing world champion sprinter Black Caviar, is also the dam of four-time Group 1 winner All Too Hard. Helsinge’s 3-year-old filly, Belle Couture (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), purchased by BC3 for A$2.6 million at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, finished a narrow second on debut at Bendigo in Victoria a week ago.

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News