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$5m half-brother of Black Caviar fighting for life

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Black Caviar was retired unbeaten after 25 consecutive career wins © Getty Images
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The $5 million half-brother to champion racehorse Black Caviar is fighting for his life after suffering a suspected spider bite.

The incident occurred two weeks' ago but the horse, known as 'Jimmy', reportedly had an adverse reaction to the antibiotic. The suspected bite was thought to be from a white-tailed spider.

Jimmy is currently being treated at Werribee Veterinary Clinic outside Melbourne, where the colt's condition is said to be "50-50".

"His racing prospects are guarded," Equine vet Tom Brennan said. "We're hopeful, if he has no further complications, there is still a slim chance we may be able to get him to the racetrack but, at the moment, we're focused on trying to save him and his breeding career."

"His life is on the line, he's a 50-50 prospect and we hold grave concerns for him."

Jimmy was purchased for a record $5m by the BC3 Thoroughbreds syndicate at the April Easter yearling sales, days before Black Caviar raced for the final time.

Black Caviar was unbeaten in his 25 starts, which included 15 Group One races and victory in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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