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Black Caviar - Caulfield - CF Orr Stakes 11.02.2012

Black Caviar: wonder mare was unbeaten in 25 races

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A$5m Black Caviar brother fights for life

Australia: Black Caviar's half-brother, who in April became Australia's most expensive yearling when selling for A$5 million, is fighting for his life after developing laminitis following a spider bite.

The Redoute's Choice colt, known as Jimmy, has been receiving treatment for the last two weeks, but suffered an allergic reaction to antibiotics, which led to diarrhoea and laminitis, a hoof condition.

"He had been picking grass in a paddock and the staff in one of their routine checks noticed some puffiness to his right foreleg," said Simon Marshall of owners BC3 Thoroughbreds.

"We take no risks with Jimmy and the vets were called straight away. We initially thought he might have just bumped the leg but when it became clear it was more serious, he was moved to Werribee [Veterinary Clinic].

"He seemed to on the way to recovery but he has gone downhill in the past couple of days. He is fighting. We are hoping for the best and that he pulls through."

Superstar sprinter Black Caviar retired this year after an unbeaten 25-race career, which yielded 15 Group 1 wins and £4,654,092 in prize-money.

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