Belle Couture-Black Caviar's baby sister

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Andrew Bensley‏ tweet about Belle Couture (Black Caviar's half sisiter)
Pippa has a name... Belle Couture. The name reflects poise and beauty.
Owners told last night. Black Caviar's half sister is in pre training


  • Welcome to the website of BELLE COUTURE – Pippa
    BC3 Thoroughbreds has a great site with lots of great information on it=
    including all their horses.
    Here is the link to Belle Couture
    It has her profile with pedigree
  • Little sister is no Cinderella
    Max Presnell The Sydney Morning Herald Date November 30, 2012
    'She's a nasty girl," declared Simon Marshall, the former jockey now a man of many roles, some up close and personal with the glamorous.
    Marshall gets into the same space as Belle Couture and Francesca Cumani.

    Belle Couture, a Redoute's Choice half-sister to the champion Black Caviar, was a $2.6 million baby that answered to the stable name "Pippa", after the sister of Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, before getting her official title earlier this week.
    "She's similar to Black Caviar," Marshall said about her bad habits. "When she doesn't want you in the box or she's had enough, she'll let you know. She's very light on her feet for a big girl."
    Cumani, too, glides gracefully around the parade ring for Channel Seven over the Melbourne Cup carnival where she appears at ground level with Marshall, noting the appearance of candidates with hardly a model's stride and certainly not on stilts.
    Perhaps Marshall looks more comfortable on horseback but they are not there to walk, but talk.
    "She's a lovely girl, and I know her quite well," Marshall said. "You must understand [her father] Luca Cumani is a very fine horseman, and Francesca has had the pleasure, as I've had, of growing up around racing stables and working around horses. She just happens to have been to one of those great finishing schools in Europe. She presents well but knows her stuff."

    Marshall had a different foundation: Cranbourne Meadows Technical School to year nine.
    "My education came from owners from all different walks of life I got to ride for," said Marshall, in the saddle from 1986 to 1997 with 16 group 1s to his credit. "I'm a bit streetwise."

    With the announcement this week of Belle Couture came the email to Racenet: ''BC2 is a half-sister to BC1 and owned by BC3."

    Marshall, mouthpiece for BC3, has the gift of the gab comparable with his judgment of pace.
    "The core business of BC3 is to sell racehorses," he said. "It started in 2008. We buy specific yearlings that pass a stringent vet check and condition that horse for a 400 metre gallop for a ready-to-run sale.
    "This year it was between races at Geelong on August 24. The horses we actually race are obviously those we haven't been able to offer at the time … Every time you see those blue colours with a silver horseshoe they may well be flashing 'For sale' every time they run around. We have been able to produce a stakeswinner every year since we started.
    "We don't sell dreams. It's still a four-legged lottery. They've got to run faster and further than 1000 metres. What we are able to do is get you a healthy and sound horse to get to the races rather than wait around."

    Belle Couture?
    "We had a very loyal group of clients who wanted to buy a couple of colts," he said. "The vet failed them. So we had a lump sum of money and looked at Belle Couture; she was just outstanding. We went into the ring to purchase her around $2.4 million but anyway got her for $2.6 million [with assistance from trainer Danny O'Brien], and she was sold out pretty much straight away."
    Obviously very attractive as a yearling, Belle Couture has progressed the right way.

    "She is now fully 16.5 hands and very similar to the mould of Black Caviar," Marshall said. ''We broke her in ASAP when we brought her home. We believe when horses are at that stage they are quite busy in the mind … she's had a good three-month holiday and will resume pre-training on December 1. We'll give her a good six weeks, make sure she's got a sound base of fitness and no stress. We have a private property, Grace Park, so when we are happy, Danny's happy and vets are happy. She'll go into Flemington in about six weeks.

    Initial plans?
    "The majors in the autumn like the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper but we are mindful that the family are late two-year-olds and better three-year-olds, so she won't be hammered," he said.
    Marshall also works in the mail, or expertise, for sale business; form analyst in the modern jargon.
    "Horse and jockey," he said. "A team I've worked for more than 11 years. It's an honest caper. We put in a lot of hard work to try and get it right for guys who haven't got the time. The key is when you lose in the industry, a lot of blokes are pump and dump. We are there to answer the phone and educate blokes that don't know anything about it."

    But Marshall is hot on the Melbourne Cup trail.
    "I've rode in a Melbourne Cup three times and have a burning ambition to be part of a winner; hopefully BC3 Thoroughbreds can produce that for us."

    BC3 had Sanagas this year.
    "He was three deep, no cover, after coming out of barrier four, and got poleaxed at the top of the straight," Marshall said. "He laid down for a week in the stable when we got him home. We'll let him acclimatise and get him up for the Sydney Cup in the autumn."

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  • Black Caviar Next Generation in Pre-Training With a Name
    News - Autumn Racing - General Interest 28 November 2012

    A half-sister to the world’s best mare Black Caviar is now in pre-training to begin what is sure to be a highly-spruiked career having been given the name Belle Couture.
    A half-sister to Black Caviar (pictured) has been named Belle Couture
    Boasting the same initials as her superstar older sibling, Belle Couture is a Redoute’s Choice filly from the same dam as Black Caviar, Helsinge, and is also a half-sister to Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard (Casino Prince x Helsinge).

    Purchased for a hefty $2.6 million from this year’s Australian Easter Inglis Yearling Sales in Sydney by BC3 Thorouhbreds seven months ago, Belle Couture is to be prepared by Danny O’Brien in Victoria and has some mighty big shoes to fill.
    Known by connections before her official naming as “Pippa” after the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge Pippa Middleton, the name given to the juvenile is the same as a selective designer wedding store in Sydney.

    “Belle Couture is a filly with tremendous poise and strut, she is the princess of our stables,” BC3′s chief executive Bill Vlahos said.
    “It’s fitting to have a name that reflects such high-end beauty and style.”
    Fellow part-owner Simon Marshall from BC3 said it was a lengthy process to name the filly that will be under the spotlight once she gets to the business of racing.
    “You don’t want to rush it when you have a filly that is pretty special and a part of racing royalty,” he said.
    “It was a fair process, there were three names, everyone got the chance to vote and Belle Couture came out on top.”

    Currently in pre-training at BC3’s private training establishment Grace Park at Connewarre, Marshall said that they were already eyeing the autumn two-year-old majors for Belle Couture.

    “She will have pre-training for six to eight weeks and then she will head up to Danny O’Brien’s property,” he said.
    “He will then fine-tune her and get her up to a gallop, she might have a trial and we will see how she is holding up.
    “If she isn’t going shin sore she’ll be in at the right time of year going into the autumn. If she holds up she’ll be running in the majors for sure.”

    Like the hulking Black Caviar Belle Couture is a large horse with plenty of power and untapped ability and it will be a fine balancing act to have her running and hopefully winning races without injuring herself.
    “True to the family, she’s a big unit,” Marshall said. “There’s a lot of filly there.
    “We don’t want to push her unless she’s comfortable; she might break the mould and run a little earlier but time will tell and she’s a lovely girl.
    “She’s the biggest horse we have on the property. She’s a monster. She will furnish into a lovely filly and one that you can do anything with.”

    Once Belle Couture’s race debut is named you can bet she’ll be hot favourite to win seeing as her famous half-sister Black Caviar is yet to taste defeat in a stunning 22-career start.
    Black Caviar debuted at Flemington in April of 2009 and won a juvenile handicap over 1000m by an incredible five lengths before tasting stakes success at start number two with a similarly impressive six length success in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield two weeks later.

    The ‘Black Flash’ is currently in light work preparing for a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival return, Black Caviar last seen scoring her first international victory in England’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.

    Another Redoute’s Choice x Helsinge prodigy is due to go under the hammer at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales which got underway this week.

    The colt is sure to fetch the highest price of the auctions, possibly even surpassing the price paid for Belle Couture.

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  • Belle Couture! What a pretty name!
  • SO excited to watch how this empire grows! Didn't Black Caviar have a full sister born not to long ago?
  • Me too! Everyone connected with Belle Couture sounds really excited about her too. I like the description of her personality. No push over, this Miss Horse.
  • What a beautifully conformed horse she is. A powerful back-end. Straight hind legs, and nice shoulders.
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    Black Caviar's little sister moves to town
    Written By AAP April 29, 2013 - 06:00 PM
    As Australian racing loses Black Caviar and All Too Hard, their half sister Belle Couture is ready to begin her career in earnest.
    After pre-training out of town, the two-year-old will arrive at Danny O'Brien's Flemington stable on Tuesday in preparation for her racecourse debut late in the season.
    Speaking on behalf of her owners BC3 Thoroughbreds, Simon Marshall said connections had been patient with the filly and were thrilled with her progress.
    "Slowly but surely she has told us she wasn't in any rush to be pushed and we've just followed her lead," Marshall told
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    Michelle Kinane ‏tweet
    Belle Couture, the half sister to Black Caviar is expected to make her debut
    in June or July this year
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    Rob Windmill tweet Wed. March 26 2014
    black caviar2006 little sister BELLE COUTURE looked good in a jump out Geelong Race Club this morning. @DOBrienRacing

  • Wow, she's gorgeous. Good luck to her! Thanks Keta
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    Racing Victoria ‏tweet Sunday April 20 2014
    Race 2 @MRCTrackNews goes to BELLE COUTURE the half sister to @blackcaviar2006 congrats to owners and @DOBrienRacing

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    Gilgai Farm ‏tweet Wed. May 7 2014
    Good luck to connections of BELLE COUTURE, Sat.
    Progeny of Helsinge have great record @Flemington VRC
    10 starts for 10 wins!
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