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Black Caviar half-brother dies

The pain is over for Black Caviar’s half-brother Jimmy, but now the legal wrangling begins.

CATHY WALKER December 31, 2013 4:01am

The pain is over for Black Caviar’s half-brother Jimmy, but now the legal wrangling begins.

Jimmy, the record-breaking $5million yearling purchased by defunct BC3 Thoroughbreds in Sydney last Easter, was suffering from the debilitating hoof disease laminitis, that can have a variety of causes.

In his case it was initially reported as a spider bite but auctioneering house William Inglis and Sons, which still legally owned Jimmy as he was never paid for, seems to have backed away from that pronouncement.

Inglis chief executive Mark Webster said the horse was humanely put down at Werribee’s Melbourne University Veterinary Clinic on Sunday.

‘‘The insurance company veterinarian was monitoring the colt the whole way through and authorised the euthanasia,’’ Mr Webster said on Monday.

Although 16 people are still listed on BC3’s website as Jimmy’s ‘owners’, Mr Webster said the insurance payout would go to Inglis and Gilgai Farm Nagambie breeder Rick Jamieson who had retained a share in the colt.

He believed they would not be liable for the veterinary bill of more than $33000 for two months of intensive care. But with BC3 Thoroughbreds in administration and owing millions, the university clinic will join the creditors’ queue.

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