Black Caviar to visit Sebring


Three-time G1 winner (from 1400m to 1600m) Dissident (Sebring) is bred on similar lines to this proposed mating – his dam Diana’s Secret (Anabaa) is a granddaughter of Danzig, and is out of Palace Scandal (Western Symphony), who is a granddaughter of Nijinsky. Black Caviar’s sire Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) is a grandson of Nijinsky, while her dam Helsinge (Desert Sun) is a great-granddaughter of Danzig.

Similarly, Sebring’s sire More Than Ready (Southern Halo) sired the G1 winner More Than Sacred from a mare who was bred on a Danzig/Nijinsky cross.

Sebring’s dam Purespeed is by Flying Spur (Danehill) – a sire that has already been proven with Black Caviar’s immediate family as Black Caviar’s G1 winning half-brother All Too Hard is a son of Casino Prince (Flying Spur).

Of course pedigree is not everything where planning matings is concerned – the physical attributes of both the mare and stallion also play a huge roll and must be taken into account. In the case of Black Caviar, she is a big, strong, scopey mare who has produced a lovely, athletic and refined filly from her mating with Exceed and Excel. Both Sebring and Exceed and Excel stand 16.1hh.

I believe that Black Caviar is a type of mare that will suit Sebring and she is likely to produce a quality type of foal by him. The owners of Black Caviar are in the enviable position of being able to breed to race, and I certainly think they have made a great choice with Sebring.

Sebring won the G1 Golden Slipper and the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at two and was crowned the Champion 2YO of Australasia. He won five of his six starts (all at 2yrs) with his only defeat coming in the G1 Champagne Stakes when finishing 2nd to Samantha Miss. The Champagne Stakes is run over 1600m, while all of Sebring’s victories were from 1000 to 1400m.

Black Caviar won all of her 25 starts, with 6 wins over 1000m, 18 wins over 1200m, and one win over 1400m. 24 of her 25 victories were at Stakes level, and 15 of those were G1s, over distances of 1000m, 1200, and 1400m.

While sometimes we come across freakishly good racehorses that are modestly bred and tend not to reproduce anything with comparable talent to themselves, what is really exciting about Black Caviar is that she hails from a blueblood family and so has every chance of producing a G1 winner (or several).

Black Caviar is one of two G1 winners to-date for her unraced dam Helsinge (Desert Sun), who at 13 years old may well throw up another couple of good ones. Her first four foals to race have all been winners and she has a full sister to Black Caviar and a full sister to All to Hard still to race for her.

Helsinge is a daughter of the G2 winner and G1-placed Scandinavia (Snippets). Scandinavia, who is now 20 years old, has bred 4 Stakes winners from her 8 foals that have raced; G1 winner Magnus (Flying Spur), G2 winner Wilander (Exceed and Excel), G2 winner and G1-placed Scandiva (Fastnet Rock), and Listed winner and G2-placed Arctic Flight (Flying Spur). She was not covered last year but does have a yearling colt by Fastnet Rock (Danehill).

You will also note from the above that Exceed and Excel (sire of Black Caviar’s 2014 filly) and Flying Spur (the broodmare sire of Sebring) have both proven to work really well with this family.

As the old saying goes; Breed the best to the best and hope for the best…

It is fitting too that today, the 23rd of September, she is to visit Sebring, as today is his ninth birthday!

This post was first published on on September 23, 2014