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Sepoy - Kerrin McEvoy - Coolmore Stud Stakes, AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Flemington, Sat 29th Oct 2011

Sepoy (Kerrin McEvoy): takes career record to ten out of 11

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Sepoy secures his fourth Group 1 victory

LAST season's champion two-year-old in Australia, Sepoy, made it five wins from as many starts this season in Saturday's $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 6f, enhancing his reputation as the best Golden Slipper winner of the modern era.

It wasn’t plain sailing for the son of Elusive Quality, who had to dig deep in the final furlong before holding off the late challenge of Foxwedge, by Fastent Rock, to win by a head.

This victory takes Sepoy’s Group 1 tally to four and overall race record of ten winsfrom 11 starts, the colt has amassed career earnings of $3,870,000.

Bred by Darley Australia, Sepoy is out of the Danehill mare Watchful, who is a full-sister to the Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Camarena. Watchful was sold at last year's Easter Broodmare sale, in foal to Dubai Destination, where she was bought by Emirates Park Stud for $55,000. This year she foaled a filly by Domesday, a son of Red Ransom.

Sepoy’ssire, Elusive Quality, shuttled to Darley Australia on six occasions the last time back in 2008. He has sired only one other worldwide Group 1-winner this season, that win coming courtesy of Elusive Kate in the Prix Marcel Boussac.


Glass Harmonium, led from start to finish when winning the Group 1 $1,000,000 Longines Mackinnon Stakes. He becomes the second horse this season -following My Kingdom Of Fife- to be sold out of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard and win an Australian Group 1.

Stoute had clearly held the horse in high regard, having previously contested the Group 1 Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot and Champion Stakes at Newmarket before being sold in a private deal to owners of the Mike Moroney stable. Since arriving in Australia the horse has been a model of consistency in Melbourne finishing second in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Group 2) at Flemington, fourth in the Underwood stakes (Group 1) at Caulfield, and second in the Turnbull Stakes (Group 1) at Flemington.

Glass Harmonium is by the Irish National Stud stallion Verglas, who had previously shuttled to Australia back in 2003 and 2004. Those two crops yielded five stake-winners most notably the Group 3 winning filly Spirited One.

Glass Harmonium was bred by Ballymacoll Stud and is out of the Darshaan winning mare Spring Symphony, who is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1-winner Conduit. The third dam, River Dancer, is responsible for breedingGroup 1-winner Spectrum and the dual-winner Ballet Shoes who went on to produce the Group 1-winning filly Petrushka.


Induna, another son of Elusive Quality was narrowly denied in the Victory Derby, he was beaten a head by Sangster, a son of Savabeel, in the $1,500,000 contest. This was Sangter’s first career win, the closest he’d come to winning previously was last time out, when beaten a head by Sabrage in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield.

 Sangster’s sire, the Cox Plate-winner Savabeel, stands at Waikato Stud in New Zealand for a fee of $20,000 and has sired 11 stakes-winners from his first four crops including the Group 1-winning filly Scarlett Lady.  

 Sangster was unsold as a yearling after not making his reserve of $25,000 before making only $19,000 as a two-year-old  at  a ready-to-run sale in New Zealand. He is out of the winning Spectrum mare Quinta Special, who has produced one other winner, Special Star, who was successful in Malaysia. The third dam Star Game, produced 11 winners including the dual Grade 1-winner in America Both Ends Burning.

Sangster is the third consecutive winner of the Victorian Derby bred in New Zealand and the fifth in the past six years.

Hurtle Myrtle was a game winner of the Group 1 Myer Classic giving her sire, Dane Shadow his third Group 1-winner. The filly had to dig-deep in order to deny last year's winner Sacred Choice by a length and a quarter. The mare has now won four times, amassing career earnings of $750,000.

Hurtle Myrtle was bought by her trainer Matthew Smith for $55,000 from the Kitchwin Hills consignment at the 2008 Inglis Classic YearlingSale, where she was the most expensive of all the 11 first-crop yearlings by her sire, Dane Shadow.

The mare was bred by Hobartville Stud, who also bred and raced her sire Dane Shadow, the Group 3 winning son of Danehill who stands atKitchwin Hills Stud for a fee of $16,500. Hurtle Myrtle is the first stakes-winner for her dam Ravenswood, a daughter of Woodman, whose dam is a full-sister to the Golden Slipper winner Star Watch.

Ravenswood has a yearling sister to Hurtle Myrtle and had a colt-foal by Dane Shadow in the spring.







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