A half-brother to the world’s fastest horse Black Caviar has sold for over $1 million at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney today, setting an Inglis Yearling Sales record for this year.
One of the biggest crowds ever seen at the William Inglis complex came to get their glimpse of racing royalties’ relative, Black Caviar’s half-sibling enticing an animated bidding war at the sale.
The stunning looking bay colt by Casino Prince out of Helsinge eventually sold for $1.025 million to Hawkes Racing who outbid Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody.
The colt will be co-trained by Wayne Hawkes along with his father John and brother Michael.
Although still a long way from hitting the race track in the hopes of emulating just some of the success of his half-sister Black Caviar, the colt is already a record breaker being the most expensive yearling sold at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sales.
Prior to today’s sale, the largest price at the 2011 sales was $1 million large that Gerald Ryan paid for a Redoute’s Choice filly.
The $1.025 million could prove a steal if the colt is even half as talented as the Peter Moody-trained Black Caviar, who is by sire Bel Esprit but shares the same dam, the Australian-bred Desert Sun mare Helsinge.
Black Caviar, purchased for just $210,000 at the 2008 Premier Sale in Melbourne, has already amassed over $2.5 million in prize money having won all 11 of her career starts to date including four Group 1’s consecutively.
The four-year-old superstar is out for her 12th at Randwick on Saturday when she makes her Sydney debut in the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).