Sixty-three not out

Phillip Hughes

A man who wore the baggy green so well. And still does, as he reigns down on the Cricket World Cup 2015.


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World’s best asset class produces her best return

Black Caviar and her first filly

It’s not often royalty is born and bred in your home state Victoria.

Black Caviar delivered her first foal on 13 September, a gorgeous bay filly, with a white mark on her forehead and two white socks on her front feet!

Her investment value? Priceless.

The world’s best asset class has just delivered her best return – off the track!

Don’t forget Dad, Exceed and Excel

To maximise the investment return, Black Caviar partnered with the Hunter Valley champion sire Exceed and Excel, Australia’s champion sire of 2012-13 grossing $11.4m.

As Australia’s leading sire of two year old winners from 2009-10 to 2012-13, he’s now one of the world’s leading sires of 2yo Stakes winners.

The son of Danehill is 14 years old now, and he’s also a Dad to Overreach, a Golden Slipper winner, and Earthquake, a Blue Diamond winner, and many more – it’s all in the genes, as they say. According to Darley, Exceed And Excel’s fee is $110K – not bad for a multiple Group 1 winner and speed machine who broke track rExceed and Excelecords.

Black Caviar’s sprinting record of 25 starts for 25 wins sums up the decision to pair these two. And for me, the day she won the 2013 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, breaking the track record, was the day most realised she would never be beaten.

All horse racing fans look forward to following one of the greatest best of breed stories ever told. Stay tuned royal watchers!


Update: Another Caviar on the way

On 28 October 2014, the news was delivered. Black Caviar and Sebring are about to create history – with another foal for Black Caviar!

Who’s Sebring? He’s by More Than Ready from Purespeed. He raced only as a two year old and won the Group 1 Golden Slipper and Sires Produce in 2008. Sebring finished his racing career with a 6:5-1-0 record and was crowned Champion 2yo of Australasia. A Dad to Criterion and Dissident, he is regarded as ‘the hottest young stallion in Australia’. Whew.


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That’s All Right, sixty years on

Elvis Presley That's All Right

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s recording of ‘That’s All Right’ (Mama). First recorded at Sun Studio, Memphis Tennessee on 5 July 1954, the song was first played on US radio by DJ Dewey Phillips, and the rest is history.

To mark the song’s anniversary, actor and musician Sam Palladio hosted ‘That’s All Right: 60 Years On’ live from Sun Studio – I mean, where else would it be held?

Originally written and performed by blues singer Arthur Crudup in the 1940s, Elvis took the song and made it his own.

The famous Sun Record label was owned by entrepreneur Sam Phillips back in the 1950s  and he first recorded Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and many more.  The story goes, that Sam was looking for a ‘white man who sounds like a black man’ and that his assistant Marion Keiser knew of someone – Elvis. Sam arranged for Elvis to team up with two local session players, bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore, and together they produced this song.

It’s rockabilly at its best.

Here’s some classic footage of Elvis singing ‘That’s All Right’ in his 1968 NBC TV special. The song is still all right, sixty years on!

Sun Studio – the birthplace of rock and roll

Sun Studio

If you love music, then one of the best things you can do in Memphis is take a tour of Sun Studio, the heart and soul of rock and roll.

This video gives a great insight into the studio. If you’ve taken the tour in the last few years you may remember Cora Pitt – she’s in the video, and I remember her knowledge on the topic was amazing.

Well that’s all right now mama, any way you do.


What’s rockabilly?

An early form of rock and roll music in the 1950s made famous by singers such as Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. The genre includes a mix of country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues and the influence continues to remain strong in Nashville and Memphis.


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Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd.

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Tom Hafey

Deepest sympathy to Maureen and the Hafey family at the passing of our beloved Tommy last month.

We are all so much better off for having known this truly great man. An inspiration to us all, his legacy will endure. And his legacy includes that of AFL super coach, with a dynasty just continues on.

Thomas Stanley Raymond Hafey (5 August 1931 – 12 May 2014)

  • Born and bred in Richmond
  • Played for Richmond between 1953 and 1958
  • Coach of four Richmond premierships: 1967, 1969, 1973 and 1974
  • Coached Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Sydney over the period 1966 to 1988
  • Coach of Richmond’s Team of the Century in 1998
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 1996
  • AFL Coaches Association Coaching Legend Award winner
  • Inspirational motivator, speaker, fitness fanatic, community figure and so much more!

Tiger banner 17 May 2014The Richmond Football Club Cheer Squad put together a banner to honour his passing. It said ‘A Tiger To A T’. Those words sure hit the heart of all Tiger supporters, but also those of many other football supporters and people from all walks of life.

Tom Hafey was a true Leo – no surprise given his leadership ability, but his personality was tempered by a beautiful warm heart, and that’s what set him apart.

Here’s Tommy at his best, in one of his more recent interviews, where his feelings for Carlton sum up his passion for Richmond and the game of Australian Rules Football.

RIP Tommy Hafey.


Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd. And a massive Richmond supporter.

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Spirit Of Booooom!

Spirit of Boom2It’s not often that a ‘bridesmaid in sport’ inspires you. But when Spirit Of Boom got up to win this year’s William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, he reminded us of what racing’s all about. Persistence.

No longer the luckless second to the great horses at Group One level, he broke through for his first G1 win, and deservedly so.

Mind you, his win came with a nervous wait for the number to appear in the frame. Queensland trainer Tony Gollan and the owners held their breath when the judge called for a photo that showed the narrowest of margins.

What happened next was excitement and elation. The holy Spirit Of Booooom finally had God on his side!

When jockey Michael Rodd saw his horse had won, he said ‘I can’t tell you how much this means to me’. He’s not the only one!

Being on track made it all the more special

Just ask Greg Irvine, owner of this very special photo (above) taken moments after the race. Greg’s photo says so much about the occasion, the emotion, and what it feels like to have the ‘monkey off the back’ in sport.

The 6yo son of Sequalo, Spirit Of Boom started his Group 1 autumn campaign with a second in the Oakleigh Plate over 1,100 metres and a second in the Newmarket over 1,200. His performances served as great preparation for the William Reid, a Group 1 sprint race at weight-for-age, run over 1,200 metres on a tight turning track they call the ‘Valley’.

A great race creates its own history, and the status of winning this race went up a notch knowing that Black Caviar had won it twice.

Why single out Spirit Of Boom?

Every horse has a story and Spirit Of Boom has his. His racing style is the epitome of never giving up, always contesting and giving it his best shot. And always figuring in the finish. It’s a story about his trainer and owners never losing patience with him, and placing their ‘investment’ where it would eventually be realised.

Best of Breed quotation mark 2Tony Gollan: This is my second Group 1 win as a trainer and I’m rapt to win it down here as the state (Victoria) has been good to me. He’s a very tough stallion, he’s been Best of Breed quotation mark 1racing for many seasons. He enjoys his racing. Source:

Spirit Of Boom’s next assignment?spirit-of-boom

He’s off to Randwick for the T J Smith Stakes* and maybe the Goodwood in May! Then, it’s a visit to some ladies? Rumour has it, he’ll join his dad Sequalo later this year!

Why not talk to @SpiritofBoom on Twitter and ask him how he intends to run his next race!

And who’s William Reid?

A Victorian banker who owned a number of racehorses including Uncle Sam, winner of the Caulfield Cup in 1912 and 1914, and third home in the Melbourne Cup of 1912. He was a former committee member of the Moonee Valley Racing Club and died in 1923.


Updates to this post

*12/4/14: Spirit Of Boom was scratched from the TJ Smith Stakes due to the heavy track conditions. But that’s a minor hiccup for this champ, and we look forward to seeing him race at least once more before retirement.

24/5/14: Spirit Of Boom wins his second Group 1, the Doomben 10,000 on 24 May, beating half brother Temple Of Doom. What a way for the champ to go out, or, will he contest the Stradbroke? We’ll know shortly!

9/6/14: Spirit Of Boom ran his last race in the Stradbroke Handicap and finished a gallant fourth. He’s off to stud now, ready for the next phase of his life. His on-field record will show two Group 1s for his efforts racing against the best, including Lankan Rupee, currently rated as the world’s fastest sprinter. Well done, champ.


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Janet Yellen’s taper, scissors, rock challenge

Janet YellenIt’s official. Janet Yellen is the first woman chair of the US Federal Reserve and that’s no mean feat!

As Barack Obama’s choice to succeed Ben Bernanke, she took the reins on 1 February 2014 after the US Senate not surprisingly confirmed her appointment!

Her biggest short-term challenge? To pare back (or taper) the US Federal Reserve’s massive bond-buying stimulus program from US$85 billion per month to US$75 billion, and the rest.

Under Ben Bernanke, the Fed’s controversial bond-buying program had been under scrutiny since its introduction during the GFC. But the economic mood remains fairly positive and there’s some evidence the US economy is almost ready to stand on its own two feet.

What will happen?

Paper-rock-scissorsThe first steps in scaling back the bond-buying program started in January. But don’t worry, unlike the real game of ‘paper, scissors, rock’, the taper is not based on any coin flipping or dice throwing! It’s a strategy that uses a high degree of skill! Just ask Janet Yellen.

The US Federal Reserve’s FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) will ‘modestly reduce’ the pace of its asset purchases and add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities. To start off, the Fed will reduce purchases by US$5 billion per month to US$35 billion per month and holdings of longer-term Treasury securities from US$45 billion per month to US$40 billion per month.

They say the best indicator of a policy shift is hidden in the Fed’s FOMC statement. Some people spend a lifetime analysing these statements, but on 18 December 2013, the FOMC statement couldn’t have been any clearer! There’ll be no change to the Committee’s support for progress toward maximum employment and price stability, meaning, their policy actions will continue to be determined by the labour market and inflation.

BernankeTheir view is that a highly accommodative stance on monetary policy is the right strategy for now and for a considerable time after their asset purchase program ends. And, there’s no surprise that the current low target range for the federal funds rate of 0.0% to 0.25% will remain, so long as the US unemployment rate remains above 6.5%. Whew!

She speaks!

On 12 February Janet Yellen’s first official communication on monetary policy confirmed this stance and as a result, markets went up! As predicted, she’s not planning to make any policy changes just yet. The Fed will continue to slowly taper its stimulus while keeping a close eye on the labour market. Janet said ‘I expect a great deal of continuity in the FOMC’s approach to monetary policy’. The market loves certainty. Go Janet!

Expect some instability though as the market fully adjusts to the taper challenge. But that’s normal, that’s the market. The market has known about this for some time, and in many ways, has already factored in a slow tapering.

What is monetary policy and the FOMC?

Monetary policy is the action taken by a central bank to influence the availability and cost of money and credit in an economy. In the case of the US, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 gave the Fed responsibility for setting monetary policy. The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) is the Fed’s policy body, and its members, well, their job is to agree on the approach. Who are they? Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System including five Reserve Bank presidents. Janet Yellen is a member. The FOMC has eight scheduled meetings per year.

Who is Janet Yellen? 

Arguably the most powerful woman in the world given her economic mandate. You can read Janet’s official bio on the US Federal Reserve’s website. As a big fan of Chairman Ben Bernanke, he’ll be missed, but there’s no doubt Janet Yellen will prove a very able, and dovish? successor. Born on 13 August 1946, it’s no surprise that she’s a Leo, and the combination of being born in Brooklyn means she’s a great communicator too! :)

Here’s another take on the taper – John Clarke and Brian Dawe style!


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Leanne’s 2012-13 articles on monetary policy:

Riding towards the US debt ceiling cliff

Managing the fiscal cliff without a sky fall

Managing the monetary policy message


Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd.

Twitter: @HendersonLeanne

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Great moments in Aussie sport 2013

Best of Breed’s top three iconic sporting moments

See if you agree!

No.1 Black Caviar

With nothing left to prove, Nellie retired unbeaten for 25 starts and 25 wins! A perfect record. Black Caviar proved her outperformance as the ‘world’s best asset class’, a phase I branded for her on Australia Day 2012, just prior to her 17th win. On 16 February 2013 Black Caviar put a stamp on her farewell tour with a Group 1 win in the race re-named the ‘Black Caviar Lightning’ at Flemington. At weight-for-age, over 1,000 metres, she ‘smashed’ the course record with 55.42! It was her third consecutive win in this race, really proving that lightning can strike thrice! View a compilation of her wins.

No.2 Adam Scott

Adam’s US Masters Tournament win in Augusta was superb. He won the tournament on the second hole of a sudden death playoff against Ángel Cabrera and became the first Australian to wear the green jacket in its 77 year history! It was Adam’s first major championship and the victory elevated him to No. 3 in world golf rankings and a career high.

No.3 Liverpool FC at the MCG

There was nothing more stirring than 95,400 Liverpool fans at the MCG singing an emotional rendition of the club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone! Liverpool toured Australia in July 2013 to play Melbourne Victory FC in a friendly pre-season soccer game and won 2-0. But somehow, the score didn’t matter. You just had to be there!

And where does Australia rank in winning back the Ashes on home soil in December? No.4!

And No.5? You guessed it. The amazing Australasian super sire and superstar Zabeel. He retired from stud duties in late December 2013 with an outstanding record on and off the track, including the siring of 43 individual Group 1 winners! #bestofbreed

Video sources: YouTube

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Read Leanne’s 2013 stories about Black Caviar:

Being a champion means nothing left to prove

Farewell tour worth the weight!

Or, if you’re interested in the Ashes and taking a Lord’s tour: Lord’s urns its reputation

Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd. And a massive sports fan!

Twitter: @HendersonLeanne

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X marks the spot on JFK’s 50th anniversary

JFKDallas. 22 November 2013 at 12.30pm. 50 years on…

The pilgrimage to Elm Street. Since 1963, the assassination of President John F Kennedy has become not so much a story about ‘who’ killed Kennedy, but ‘why’. Despite the release of some declassified material over the years, the world still seeks an answer.

But the question of ‘why’ won’t be answered by standing on the grassy knoll, or by watching the new movie Parkland (see below), released as one of the many activities to mark ‘JFK 50′.

Even a visit to the world’s greatest library The John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, one of the thirteen Presidential Libraries in the US, will only provide clues.

750 elmThe alleged crime scene on the sixth floor of the old The Texas School Book Depository in Dallas (now The Sixth Floor Museum) won’t tell you ‘why’ either. The only thing that provides a clue is the location – the grassy knoll. Stand on the second white ‘X’ that marks the spot on Elm and you’ll see that the angle of the third and fatal shot came from behind the picket fence. And that means a conspiracy.

The grassy knoll

X markSolving JFK’s murder has been a life long passion for thousands, if not millions of Elm Street pilgrims. And understandably so. It’s the greatest unsolved murder of the twentieth century. Just visit Dealey Plaza in Dallas on any given day and you’ll soon be drawn in. It’s a place to reflect, pay homage, sit on the grassy knoll, or even stand behind the picket fence and imagine Zapruder and many others in that historical moment.

To stand on X also means dodging the traffic on Elm, but it was worth it, just to get a sense of the crime scene and to be one of those pilgrims.

As JFK once said, there are no faint hearts in Fort Worth

The new documentary JFK: The Final Hours gives first-hand accounts from people who say they were the last to see the President alive. Narrator and actor Bill Paxton was an eight year old pilgrim at the time. He recalls being in the crowd at Fort Worth when Kennedy gave what was his last speech. Bill was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying ‘I remember thinking it was like seeing a movie star. There stood a man at the peak of his life and his career, but little did he or any of us know that in three hours he would be murdered in cold blood.’

The closer you get to history, the more elusive it becomes.

Parkland the movie


Parkland the movie is based on the book Four Days In November by Vincent Bugliosi. Directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Bill Paxton, Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson, the movie focuses on the people and events at Parkland Hospital immediately after JFK’s assassination. With music composed by James Newton-Howard, this line up would satisfy any audience! Watch for the brilliant casting of Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder and Jacki Weaver as Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mum!  parkland-billy-bob-thornton

Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels sums it up best with a great line in the movie: ‘There are people out there who are ready to start a war.’

Here’s the movie trailer:

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Want another story on JFK? Read Leanne’s 2012 A Kennedy Story That Time Won’t Heal.

Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd. And JFK fan!

Twitter: @HendersonLeanne


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Lord’s has ‘urned’ a great reputation

Ashes UrnShane Warne delivered his first ball in an Ashes series on English soil, known as the ‘Ball of the Century’. Richie Benaud was in the commentary box at Old Trafford on 4 June 1993 and described the moment:

Best of Breed quotation mark 1First ball in Test cricket in England for Shane Warne… And he’s done it! He started off with the most beautiful delivery… Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to it… He still doesn’t know… He asked Kenny Palmer on the way out. Kenny Palmer just gave him a raised eyebrow anBest of Breed quotation mark 2d a little nod. That’s all it needed!  (Still don’t believe it? Here’s the footage courtesy of Cricket Australia!)

It was day two of the first Ashes test when wonder struck. The ‘Ball of the Century’ had been branded forever, in an Ashes series, which only served to make the moment even more memorable!

‘Urning’ a reputation 

It all starts with great stories, great moments and unfortgettable experiences, backed up by high quality performances by great players, and over time. The Ashes is steeped in history and tradition and to understand the pysche of The Ashes there’s nothing more interesting than a tour of Lord’s, the famous English cricket ground. It just happens to house one of the real attractions and hidden gems, a tiny terracotta urn. Revered, savoured and protected, for some cricket fans it gives them the true meaning of life! It’s amazing how a tiny urn attracts pilgrims year after year to visit one of the world’s greatest sporting meccas.

Where did the ‘Ashes’ come from?

Lords signThe Honourable Ivo Bligh captained England in the first Ashes Test against Australia in 1882-83. In 1882, England lost a test match to Australia at The Oval. The next day a London newspaper said that English cricket had ‘died’ and the body would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. When England toured Australia later that year, Bligh vowed to return with ‘the ashes’. And the rest was history! What’s in the urn? Reputedly, a burnt bail.

Fiercely fought for and defended throughout history, the urn represents ‘more than just cricket’ between the two countries. On a recent tour of Lord’s to see the oldest sports museum in the world, it was easy to see and feel this. Over a hundred Test matches have been played at Lord’s, the first match in 1884. England triumphed over Australia by an innings and 5 runs. Australia notched its first win in 1888 by 61 runs.

Inside the Long Room the stunning portraits on the walls are to be admired, none more so than the imposing figure of ‘Doctor Grace’. Not the Australian racehorse, but the English cricket legend WG Grace! They say Dr Grace ‘revolutionised batting and brought cricket to a mass audience and transformed cricket in England into the unrivalled spectator sport of the summer’! Sounds like Kerry Packer? :) Here’s the Doc’s profile.

The Lord’s Balcony

Two constructions stood out for me. Firstly, the Balcony. What a great feeling to stand on the balcony overlooking the hallowed turf. It’s the balcony for victory celebrations. Just ask Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly! In 2002 Ganguly took off his shirt to celebrate his team’s win. His behaviour was seen as disrespectful and not a good image for cricket!

The Media Centre is out of this world!

Secondly, the JP Morgan Media Centre. You can’t miss it! The world’s first all-aluminium semi-monocoque building. Built in a shipyard by ship builders and prefabricated into 26 sections, it was re-assembled at Lord’s. A winner of many architectural awards, the centre was voted #11 in the UK’s top 50 most impressive buildings in 2011. Source: JP Morgan.

Top ten classic Ashes moments

Clashes between England and Australia always create talking points and there’s a good Sky Sports list of the top ten moments and incidents which have ‘taken up thousands of columns inches over the years.’ The 1932-33 Bodyline series was prominent for the collision of cricket and politics. Designed to limit Don Bradman, the approach was simple – very aggressive bowling by the English with one intent in mind!

Don  BradmanHere’s my #1. It’s Don Bradman’s brilliance in the second Test at Lord’s in 1930: Bradman scored 254 in an innings which he always said was ‘the finest of his career’. Bradman wrote “Practically without exception every ball went where it was intended to go, even the one from which I was dismissed, but the latter went slightly up in the air.” Gold!

And here’s another interesting one at Lord’s, this time in 1972: It was Australian cricketer Bob Massie’s Test debut as a swing bowler where he took took 8/84 and 8/53 for the match. A world record. Massie only played five more Tests but made his impact!

The Ashes series 2013

More history-making moments and the excitement of a truly great series on English soil. After a humiliating 4-0 Test series loss to India earlier this year, Australia has been fighting hard in England to regain the Ashes after two successive losses. But to no avail. Led by our fearless captain Michael Clarke the new look team hasn’t been able to create their own piece of Ashes history. To win, all they needed to do was return the urn! If you’re in London, your best option to see some history, is to take the Lord’s tour!

Highlight of The Ashes series? The debut of Ashton Agar at Trent Bridge.

Two words. Ashton Agar!

AshtonRemember I said ‘it all starts with great stories and great moments’ in Ashes Test history? Australian debutant and excitement machine Ashton Agar ripped apart the English bowlers on Day Two of the First Test at Trent Bridge! Coming in at number 11, he was a huge part of a record Australian 10th wicket partnership, the highest ever in Test cricket against England and in any match! And Ashton’s 98 was the highest score ever by a number 11 batsman in Test cricket history! Say no more! And he’s from Melbourne! :)


Lord’s Cricket Ground was named after its founder Thomas Lord and is owned by the MCC, the Marylebone Cricket Club. It is also the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and was once the home of the International Cricket Council (ICC) until 2005.


Return The Urn

BREAKING: Australia regained The Ashes on Australian soil six months later in January 2014. Their history-making 5-0 win is a whole other subject! #ReturnTheUrn

Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd. And a massive cricket follower!

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Being a champion means nothing left to prove

It’s official. It’s not over, it’s just beginning for the world’s best asset class Black Caviar, with a portfolio return that already boasts the following:

Wins: 25 from 25!

Australian record holder of the most number of Group 1 wins with 15, surpassing the record she shared with Kingston Town after win #24!

Track record holder of the Black Caviar Lightning, a weight-for-age race over 1,000 metres at Flemington, in a course record time of 55.42, and her third consecutive win in this race.

Ascot Diamond Jubilee 2012 winner.

Inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, before retirement!

Three-time world champion sprinter.

Brand icon, cover girl for the December 2012 edition of fashion magazine Vogue, winner of the Australian ‘Sportswoman’ of the Year 2012, public property #1, and so much more! :)

Black Caviar retired on 17 April 2013 to focus on becoming a Mum, with an investment objective that may well produce the highest priced yearling in world thoroughbred racing!

Like Pharlap, Black Caviar has nothing left to prove, a sign of a true ‘champion’.

‘Price is what you pay, value is what you get’ for a champion bloodline!

Recently we saw the ‘half-brother’ to world champion Black Caviar sold as a yearling for an Australian record price of A$5 million! And his investment value will just keep rising, whether or not he steps onto a racetrack.

Known as Lot 131 and star of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales, he is by champion sire Redoute’s Choice out of the broodmare Helsinge, Black Caviar’s Mum. He was purchased by the same BC3 Thoroughbreds syndicate that bought Black Caviar’s half-sister in 2012 for A$2.6 million. Such is the power of the bloodline, ‘the underlying fundamental’, when it comes to assessing investment value! :) Warren Buffett would be happy with BC3’s investment approach!

Black Caviar stampHelsinge is also the dam of All Too Hard, winner of three Group 1 races including the Caulfield Guineas. He was purchased for A$1.025 million in 2011 and sold to Vinery Stud for more than A$25 million. Not bad! Horses like All Too Hard will ensure that the public can still see the Helsinge bloodline in action, with the horse set to resume in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick on 27 April.

(Update 6/5/13: Champion All Too Hard has retired after winning the All Aged Stakes! Vinery Stud’s general manager Peter Orton was quoted as saying “All Too Hard has done all we could have asked for and more. He possesses an outstanding pedigree being out of Helsinge and a half-brother to world champion sprinter Black Caviar but offers the blood of champion sires such as Danehill, Snippets, Last Tycoon, Flying Spur and Vain.” Source:

Are we happy for Black Caviar?

You bet! And so is Frankel, Americain and Fastnet Rock! We look forward to a new race emerging for Black Caviar and another world’s best asset class being ‘constructed’, with a hedging strategy, of course! :)

Let’s celebrate with some line dancing! Not Gangnam style, but Black Caviar style. Here’s what the line looks like on paper:

1111111111111111111111111 = 25

Thanx for the memories, Nelly….

(Update 11/5/13: Can you imagine the investment value of the Black Caviar stamp in fifty years’ time? Launched on 11 May 2013, see her stamp above right!)

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Leanne Henderson is a communications specialist and owner of Best of Breed Communications Pty Ltd. And pseudo PR manager for Black Caviar!

Twitter: @HendersonLeanne


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