A half-brother to Black Caviar has been sold at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for a staggering $1,025,000.
The colt, who is out of Black Caviar’s mare Helsinge, was sired by Casino Prince.
Casino Prince is a Group 1 winning stallion by the successful Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur.
The young half-brother of Black Caviar is rumoured to have been purchased by Nathan Tinkler, and will be trained by John Hawkes.
Hawkes was incredibly pleased with the new addition to his stable.
“He is a lovely horse,” Hawkes said.
“He is a half-brother to the one we have got and he is a half-brother to a champion.”
Hawkes is hoping that the unnamed colt’s performances on the track will be enough to turn him into a world-class stallion.
“Hopefully he will make a stallion. Time will tell,” he said.
“He’s an outstanding colt even without Black Caviar on the page.”
The trainer has had a number of previous dealings with the company that sold the young colt, Makybe, and he had been keeping his eye on the horse since seeing him at the farm a month and a half ago.
“We spell quite a few horses at Makybe and when we were down there about six weeks ago we saw the Easter yearlings and in the time since then this colt has jumped out of the ground and improved and improved,” Hawkes said.
“Families as good as this are few and far between so we think he’s good value.
“We also like to buy from farms that produce winners and Makybe does that…people go and buy the Winning Post to look at a trainer’s strike rate and for us we like to look at a vendor’s strike rate.”
Hawkes was caught in a bidding war with another trainer during the sale, and his son, Wayne Hawkes, quickly assumed it was Peter Moody.
“The mare has had two foals and one is trained by Peter Moody and the other by John Hawkes… so even though we couldn’t see them bidding and they couldn’t see us…it wasn’t hard to work out who else was on him,” Wayne Hawkes said.
Black Caviar’s senior part owner, Neil Werrett, was disappointed they were unable to secure the purchase of their current superstar’s little brother over the Hawkes stable, but he feels they still have the upper hand.
“It would have been nice to get the colt but we have the real thing,” Werrett said.