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Black Caviar’s brother fights for life after spider bite

Two-year-old Jimmy is fighting for his life after developing complications from treatment for a spider bite.

Two-year-old Jimmy is fighting for his life after developing complications from treatment for a spider bite.

A younger half brother to star Australian racemare Black Caviar is fighting for his life after suffering complications from treatment for a spider bite.

The two-year-old, whose paddock name is Jimmy, was taken to the Werribee Veterinary Clinic for treatment a fortnight ago for treatment for the bite. Jimmy then suffered an antibiotic reaction, which caused diarrhoea and then laminitis.

His owners, BC3 Thoroughbreds, said this week that his prognosis was 50-50, “but he is receiving great care, including overseas consultants”.

They said it was unlikely that Jimmy would ever be able to race, if he survived the ordeal.

The Redoute’s Choice-Helsinge colt was Australia’s most expensive yearling, selling at auction for $A5 million.

He had started training in late September at Talwood Park at Whittlesea, where he had been working on the treadmill and water walker, before being started under saddle.

BC3 Thoroughbreds described Jimmy as “a very happy horse”.

“He has a beautiful temperament and is a pleasure to work with.”

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