Click above to watch Sepoy winning the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr1)
(Photo : SMH - Footage : TVN)
BLUE DIAMOND STAKES (Grade 1)
Caulfield, Turf, 1200m
26 February 2011
The outcome of Saturday’s Blue Diamond (Gr1), one of Australia’s defining juvenile events, had racing fans clutching for their Thesauruses, as they grappled with the name “Sepoy”. Apparently it belongs to a category of Indian solider or warrior, but whatever the definition, on Saturday it belonged to one of the best juveniles Australians claim to have seen in decades.
The Aussies are a sentimental lot when it comes to their racehorses, and the manner of the son of Elusive Quality’s victory (by 4,50 lengths) evoked comparisons with Biscay (1968,) Vain (1969,) Manikato (1978,) Zeditare (1988) and Courtza (1989). Now the red hot chalk for the richest Juvenile race in the world, (the $5million Golden Slipper, for which he appears a “shoe in”, forgive the pun!), the son of the sire of international standouts Smarty Jones, Raven’s Pass and Quality Road is out of a Danehill mare, from the immediate family of Golden Slipper hero, Canny Lad. If ever there was a “Slipper” pedigree, Sepoy has it.
And by the way, the highest scoring physical among the Summerhill draft for the National Yearling Sale (15-17 April,) belongs to a son of Sepoy’s sire, Elusive Quality.
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