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Sepoy wins Race 7 the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes during Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse on February 26, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia

Sepoy: top Australian juvenile will stand at Darley's Kelvinside base


Sepoy to stand at Darley Australia later this year

SEPOY, last year's leading Australian juvenile, will retire later this year to stand at Darley's Kelvinside base in Australia. A fee of A$66,000 (inc. GST) (£41,526/€51,813) has been set for the son of Elusive Quality.

The three-year-old is currently in training in Newmarket with Mahmood Al Zarooni in preparation for a crack at the Darley July Cup.

Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said: "Sepoy is in full training and the plan is for him to run in the Darley July Cup before embarking on a stallion career he so richly deserves. We hope that he shows the northern hemisphere what a special horse he is."

Sepoy was a brilliant two-year-old for Peter Snowden, winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes by four-and-a-quarter lengths and the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes by two lengths. His Golden Slipper victory marked the first time since 1989 that a Blue Diamond winner had followed up in Australia's premier two-year-old event.

At three, Sepoy returned to easily defeat the top mare More Joyous in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes before taking the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes at the expense of Foxwedge.

Sepoy, who remains Australia's best three-year-old, is the winner of ten races from 13 starts and nearly A$4 million in prize-money.

By Elusive Quality, Sepoy was bred by Sheikh Mohammed out of the Danehill mare Watchful. She is a sister to Group 1 winner Camarena, herself dam of the Group 1-winning juvenile Camarilla, who is also by Elusive Quality.

Oliver Tait, Darley's chief operating officer, said: "Sepoy is simply extraordinary. There hasn't been a racehorse with these credentials retire to stud in Australia since Vain. His performances in the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond were breathtaking and to come back in the spring as a three-year-old to win five from five, including a victory over More Joyous is truly unique. He really is one of a kind."




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