Caviar owners race Pippie relation to win

The Russell Osborne-trained mare is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Pippie and owned by Colin and Janine Madden and Neil Werrett of Black Caviar fame. And it’s that Black Caviar connection that has led them on the journey with this well related daughter of Spirit of Boom.

Her trainer Russel Osborne is also the stud master at Benalla’s Riverbank Farm and stands Black Caviar’s son Prince Of Caviar on behalf of his owners, with that stallion shortly becoming Boom Express’ mating partner.

“She got put up for auction and Neil, Colin and Janine got a syndicate together to get more mares to Prince of Caviar and they earmarked this one,” Osborne explained.

“But when they bought her they found out she had been in work and not far away from racing, so when it got sent down to me they said do you want to train it and try win a race?

“Well normally I’d tell people no, because I don’t train for anyone else, but it was pretty hard to say no to probably the leading owners in Australian racing.”

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Formerly trained by the Meagher’s who prepared her speedy half-sister Pippie, Boom Express, a $110,000 yearling, was picked up for $70,000 earlier this year on the Gold Coast.

“It was a bit of a relief to get the win out of the way,” Osborne admitted.

“She ran the last 400 metres of the day at Echuca so I couldn’t believe the price ($18).

“Whether we end up racing again I’m not sure, but the minute she cycles she will be going to the breeding barn I’d presume.

“We’ve been scanning her and she’s just transition at the moment and that’s why we are racing her.

“She come down in such great order, but we’ve just had niggles all the way along to try and get her there and yesterday everything just fell into place.

“It was exciting and it’s good to be part of the journey they are on.”

Boom Express even carries similar distinct markings to Pippie, who sold for $1.8 million as a broodmare at this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

“She’s a very nice type of mare, they’ve bought some really nice mares and Prince of Caviar will make it as a stallion because of the support they are giving,” Osborne sad.

“They’ve got proper analysis looking at the mares, so they aren’t buying them willy-nilly it’s all a plan to match them up.

“They are over the moon, probably not like winning a Group 1 or anything like that but they were very happy and once COVID is all over we plan to have a little celebration.

“She’ll have a very pretty foal, she’s a very pretty mare.”

Boom Express and Pippie hail from the dam Coupe Express who won six provincial races trained by Ricky Maund.

Her only other progeny to race is named Rapid Response who finished fourth at Wyong on debut for Kris Less in July. She has a colt on the ground by Spirit of Boom making him a full brother to Boom Express and is currently in foal to Written Tycoon, set to be a full relation to Pippie.