Black Caviar's younger brother meets sad end after succumbing to debilitating hoof condition
RAY THOMAS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH DECEMBER 29, 2013 10:30PM
THE most expensive yearling ever sold in the southern hemisphere has lost his battle for life.
The colt the racing world knew as "Jimmy", a half-brother to the great Black Caviar, was humanely put down yesterday morning, succumbing to laminitis, a debilitating hoof condition that has troubled him for nearly two months.
Jimmy, who was purchased for $5 million at the Inglis Easter Sales earlier this year, was being treated at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee before the decision was made that the colt could not be saved.
Jimmy was purchased by controversial thoroughbred investment company BC3 Thoroughbreds but it is understood Inglis had not been paid the $5 million owing to them. The colt was insured.
"At approximately 11am this morning the Redoute's Choice-Helsinge two-year-old colt known as Jimmy was euthanized on humane grounds at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee Victoria,'' said William Inglis chief executive Mark Webster.
"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.
"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.''
Hall of Famer John Hawkes, who was training the colt in partnership with his sons Wayne and Michael, admitted to a feeling of sadness when he learned of the colt's passing.
"In a sense, it was the right thing to do because the poor horse would have been suffering, he would have been in a lot of pain,'' Hawkes said.
"Laminitis is a terrible illness and it is very difficult for horses to overcome the condition.
"It is a real shame to lose the colt, very disappointing, because he was a beautiful mover and a really good-natured horse.''
Laminitis is inflammation of the soft tissue around the pedal bone in a horse's hoof. It is extremely painful and leads to instability in the hoof.
Once a horse has had an episode of laminitis, they are particularly susceptible to future episodes. The condition can be managed but not cured.
Some of the greatest racehorses of all time have died from laminitis including American superhorse Secretariat, New Zealand's mighty mare Sunline and recent champion stallion Thorn Park.