Big week for Caviar progeny

By Sebring and out of the champion mare, Prince Of Caviar was trained by Team Hawkes and his crowning moment came in a Bendigo maiden win in 2018.

While he may not have reached the unrealistic dizzying heights of his mother, his connections didn't give up on him quickly, finding him a home with Russell Osborne at Benalla's Riverbank Farm.

Prince Of Caviar served 50 mares in his first season, with the first of them foaling down last week.

"We've got two on the ground and they'd be 10 days old," explained Osborne, who also holds a trainer's licence.

"They are both out of maiden mares and nice, small and compact ones and I can't fault them.

"We're very excited and happy with his first year and I think this year he will go even better again." Despite an impeccable pedigree, with a family which also extends to the likes of Stakes performers Ole Kirk and Gimmie Par, Osborne said his stallion was still met by some skepticism from some breeders.

"It's funny you know with Black Caviar blood, people want to pick faults in him and say no relative of a champion has done any good," the studmaster said.

"But the good thing about it is the ownership group have supported the horse really well.

"They got a syndicate together and brought mares and pretty exciting to be involved in there venture they are going down with him.

"Because we breed to race and they realised their horse wasn't commercial enough because he hasn't done enough on the track, they elected to go down the path of coming to us.

"I don't think anyone is coming to us to is expecting to get a Group 1 horse, they just want a nice horse that pays its way in the country and if gets to a Benchmark 70 levels and wins a half dozen races, that's great." Prince Of Caviar stands for a modest $4400 and is one of the stud farm's seven stallions.

"You go down the Black Caviar line and if he had got to his full potential in his racing career, he wouldn't be standing here," said Osborne.

"He's still got the same bloodlines whether he made a career or not, so for the lower end of the scale they aren't going to get this opportunity again.

"What Black Caviar has gone and done on the racetrack, you've only got to get a 10th of that and you've got yourself a handy country horse."

And if standing the son of Black Caviar wasn't enough - bring in Boulder City.

Osborne also stands the unraced half-brother to Winx for a service fee of $5500.

"On the back of Winx's relative, that's how we got Prince Of Caviar," Osborne said.

"Let's be realistic on the money we are talking, the likes of Boulder City is by Snitzel, there's probably no other Snitzel standing under $10,000 let alone that female line.

"We do pinch ourselves, we thought we'd done well to have one of them.

"In our time they are clearly going to be the best two race mares we'll ever see and so to have direct bloodlines to those is great."

Osborne also stands his foundation stallion Redente, as well as Anacheeva, Skilled, Von Costa De Hero and Wayed Zain, all on top of training a team of horses from his Benalla base.

"With the training, my two girls help me in the morning and because we don't train for anyone, just my wife and I, we just elect whether we have time to go to the races or we haven't," he said.

"But we try work it that someone has time off to go to the races."

Osborne has recently been given the half-sister to Pippie by Spirit Of Boom to train, who is named Boom Express and part-owned by the Werett and Madden families.

Last season, Riverbank Farm stallions produced more than 100 winners Australia-wide, while in the training ranks Osborne saddled up 14 winners himself.