BC3 Thoroughbreds will be hoping the name Belle Couture will become as popular as big sister Black Caviar when she commences her racing career during the current season.
Belle Couture is a half-sister to the all-conquering Black Caviar and is due back in work with trainer Danny O’Brien on December 1 after a three month break following the filly being broken in.
BC3 Thoroughbreds paid $2.6m for the Redoute’s Choice filly out of Helsinge at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and after carrying the nickname of Pippa after Duchess Of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s sister, her racing name of Belle Couture was officially registered earlier this week.
“Belle Couture is a filly with tremendous poise and strut, she is the princess of our stables,” BC3 chief executive Bill Vlahos said.
“It’s fitting to have a name that reflects such high end beauty and style.”
Former top jockey Simon Marshall, also from BC3 Thoroughbreds said that Belle Couture was ready to recommence training after a three month break.
“We give all our two-year-olds three months off after they have been broken-in and she is due back on December 1,” Marshall said.
“What I can tell you is she is a very big girl, as big a two-year-old at this stage that we’ve had, but she is very light and quick on her feet, so she will tell us if she wants to get up and run now or needs some time,” he said.
Black Caviar is the reigning world’s best sprinter after winning all of her twenty-two starts for the Peter Moody stable and is due to commence her final preparation for her farewell campaign in the Autumn.
Moody sent Black Caviar for a well-deserved spell on her return from England where she took her winning tally to twenty-two straight with an historical victory in the Group 1 £500,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 23.
Group 1 winning three year old All Too Hard is also a half-brother to Black Caviar and boosted his earnings to almost $1.5m this Spring after winning the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 13 before running second to Ocean Park in the Group 1 $3m Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
The Nathan Tinkler owned All Too Hard could pursue an overseas campaign in an attempt boost his stallion value which has been reported to be already around the $20m mark.