Yet another prize for Black Caviar

Winning the race: Bernice Dey’s pastel on paper of Black Caviar racing at Royal Ascot is one of the finalists on show. FOR Peter Heagney, the highlight of his career as an auctioneer was selling a young filly named Black Caviar in 2008.

Four years later, Black Caviar will be at the centre of the Inglis Equine Art Prize exhibition to be curated at Oaklands Junction in Hume.

The theme of this month’s exhibition is ‘At the Track,’ with 34 of the finalists – including seven paintings of Black Caviar – selected from 134 entries.

“When I was selling her, I obviously didn’t know she was going to be as good as she is ,” said Mr Heagney, an auctioneer with bloodstock agent Inglis.

“Looking at the copy of the tape, which we keep of all the horses we sell, I made a flippant comment, ‘Just imagine what she’ll be worth if she wins a group one race’. That turned out to be a fair statement.”

Black Caviar was sold for $210,000. Since making her debut in 2009, the mare has won all of her 22 races and her total prizemoney is $6.3 million.

Mr Heagney said it was appropriate for an art show with a huge focus on Black Caviar to be on display locally.

“Not many people from around here realise she was sold by us.”

The exhibition is at Inglis’s Victoria estate in Oaklands Junction on August 16-17.