A half-sister to the world’s best mare Black Caviar is now in pre-training to begin what is sure to be a highly-spruiked career having been given the name Belle Couture.
Boasting the same initials as her superstar older sibling, Belle Couture is a Redoute’s Choice filly from the same dam as Black Caviar, Helsinge, and is also a half-sister to Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard (Casino Prince x Helsinge).
Purchased for a hefty $2.6 million from this year’s Australian Easter Inglis Yearling Sales in Sydney by BC3 Thorouhbreds seven months ago, Belle Couture is to be prepared by Danny O’Brien in Victoria and has some mighty big shoes to fill.
Known by connections before her official naming as “Pippa” after the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Pippa Middleton, the name given to the juvenile is the same as a selective designer wedding store in Sydney.
“Belle Couture is a filly with tremendous poise and strut, she is the princess of our stables,” BC3’s chief executive Bill Vlahos said.
“It’s fitting to have a name that reflects such high-end beauty and style.”
Fellow part-owner Simon Marshall from BC3 said it was a lengthy process to name the filly that will be under the spotlight once she gets to the business of racing.
“You don’t want to rush it when you have a filly that is pretty special and a part of racing royalty,” he said.
“It was a fair process, there were three names, everyone got the chance to vote and Belle Couture came out on top.”
Currently in pre-training at BC3’s private training establishment Grace Park at Connewarre, Marshall said that they were already eyeing the autumn two-year-old majors for Belle Couture.
“She will have pre-training for six to eight weeks and then she will head up to Danny O’Brien’s property,” he said.
“He will then fine-tune her and get her up to a gallop, she might have a trial and we will see how she is holding up.
“If she isn’t going shin sore she’ll be in at the right time of year going into the autumn. If she holds up she’ll be running in the majors for sure.”
Like the hulking Black Caviar Belle Couture is a large horse with plenty of power and untapped ability and it will be a fine balancing act to have her running and hopefully winning races without injuring herself.
“True to the family, she’s a big unit,” Marshall said. “There’s a lot of filly there.
“We don’t want to push her unless she’s comfortable; she might break the mould and run a little earlier but time will tell and she’s a lovely girl.
“She’s the biggest horse we have on the property. She’s a monster. She will furnish into a lovely filly and one that you can do anything with.”
Once Belle Couture’s race debut is named you can bet she’ll be hot favourite to win seeing as her famous half-sister Black Caviar is yet to taste defeat in a stunning 22-career start.
Black Caviar debuted at Flemington in April of 2009 and won a juvenile handicap over 1000m by an incredible five lengths before tasting stakes success at start number two with a similarly impressive six length success in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield two weeks later.
The ‘Black Flash’ is currently in light work preparing for a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival return, Black Caviar last seen scoring her first international victory in England’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
Another Redoute’s Choice x Helsinge prodigy is due to go under the hammer at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales which got underway this week.
The colt is sure to fetch the highest price of the auctions, possibly even surpassing the price paid for Belle Couture.
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