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Elusive Quality colt dazzles in Blue Diamond

Caulfield: Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1), 2yo, 6f

SEPOY (2 c Elusive Quality - Watchful by Danehill)

Breeder: Darley

SHEIKH Mohammed's homebred Sepoy confirmed himself as the leading juvenile of his generation in Australia on Saturday with a commanding four-and-a-quarter-length win over Hallowell Bell (by Starcraft) in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.


Sepoy: seventh Group/Grade 1 winner by Elusive Quality 

Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, the Peter Snowden-trained colt won the 6f event in the second fastest time ever recorded.

In the process, Sepoy became the second Australian Group 1 winner by Darley's former Kentucky-based shuttlerElusive Quality following Camarilla. Appropriately, he is out of a sister to that filly's dam, Group 1 winner Camarena. It is also the family of Australian champion Canny Lad, who stands at Darley's Kelvinside base in Australia, and triple Group 1 winnerCanny Miss.

Sepoy is one of 20 Group or Graded stakes winners worldwide for Elusive Quality. Despite entering stud for $10,000 at Gainsborough Farm in Kentucky, the son of Gone West produced Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones in his first crop and has since sired a number of high-class runners on dirt and turf including Quality Road and Raven's Pass. Sepoy is the stallion's seventh winner at the top level worldwide.

Elusive King narrowly failedto pull a big race double for the stallion when running second to Folding Gear (by Johar) in the Group 2 Yalumba Stakes on the same card. Interestingly, the colt is bred on the same Elusive Quality-Danehill cross as Sepoy and Camarilla. This cross has produced 12 stakes runners in total.

Elusive Quality stands at Darley at Jonabell in Kentucky for $50,000.










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