Caviar sibling is the dark horse
Caviar sibling is the dark horse

Life's not easy when your celebrity sibling steals the limelight - especially when your own glittering career is cut short.

Seven-year-old Ibsen is the closest relative to Australian superstar Black Caviar.

Next Saturday, Black Caviar - undefeated in 21 starts and earning prize money of $5.7 million - will make her international debut at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in England.

On the same day, Ibsen - winner of nine races and $113,000 - will race in Broome to considerably less fanfare and attention.

Ibsen and Black Caviar share the same sire (father) Bel Esprit. Ibsen's dam (mother) Scandinavia is Black Caviar's grandmother - making the horses three-quarter siblings.

As he frolicked around at Broome's Gantheaume Point with jockey Robert Markou this week, no one gave Ibsen a second glance.

Although he seems to enjoy his peaceful life away from the spotlight, he might well wonder what could have been.

Back in 2006, Ibsen was sold to a syndicate at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $200,000 amid great expectations - and after he showed early promise in Melbourne and Sydney, was sent to top trainer Adam Durrant in Perth.

Tragically, he pulled up lame after winning his last start over 1000m at Belmont and his owners decided not to pursue his rehabilitation.

Given to present owner Rob Gulberti on a lease, Ibsen took a "long rest in the paddock, eating grass" before horse trainer Gary Gulberti, Rob's father, started building up his fitness and encouraged him to make a comeback.

Amazingly, he has now become a top pick at the Broome races, being unplaced only once out of 14 starts after flourishing on the firm pindan track.

The West Australian

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