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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

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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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