Monday, August 1, 2011


Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine, has celebrated the success of Eliza Park and leading breeder Rick Jamieson for their winning run with World Champion racehorse Black Caviar at Friday night’s Victorian Owners and Breeders Awards.
Dr Napthine said the past racing season has seen truly remarkable feats both on Victorian racetracks and in the breeding barns of the state.
“World Champion Black Caviar, the progeny of Bel Esprit, was born and bred in Victoria and has been a truly magnificent showcase for the state’s breeding industry,” Dr Napthine said.
“The sheer dominance of Black Caviar’s undefeated run has captured the imagination of Australian racing enthusiasts and the public alike over the past year and her success has brought thousands of Australians to the racetrack to witness her legendary feats.
“It is a pleasure to congratulate boutique breeder Rick Jamieson, who has deservedly been crowned Victoria’s leading breeder. Mr Jamieson owns Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge, which has also been honoured with the title of Champion Victorian broodmare.
“Following the success of Black Caviar, Helsinge’s first foal, little brother Moshe also has a victorious story to share, winning on debut at Bendigo by six lengths.
“Mr Jamieson and Eliza Park Stud have done a fantastic job in breeding this mighty mare Black Caviar, rated the world’s best sprinter, going eight from eight over the past year with Group One wins across the country,” Dr Napthine said.
Dr Napthine said Bel Esprit was once again the pride of the Eliza Park Stud with a fourth successive title of Champion Victorian Stallion.
“Bel Esprit has sired 223 winners and has brought in earnings of over $17 million, including 11 stakes winners and eight stakes placegetters,” Dr Napthine said.
“Eliza Park Stud has also had another win with Written Tycoon being its first Champion Freshman Sire in more than 10 years. Written Tycoon has produced five individual winners with his first racing crop which includes stakes placegetters Masthead and Written Consent.
“Friday night’s awards celebrate the strength of Victorian breeding. A success that the Victorian Government strongly supports and will foster with a $10 million contribution over the next four years to the breeding and sales industry through the $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund,” Dr Napthine said.
Press Release from Racing Minister’s office

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