Lot 160 Utshani (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA) - Heather (AUS))
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
“RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME”
The timing of the outcome of Australia’s Golden Slipper (Gr1), the world’s richest two year old race, could not have been better for Summerhill. You might ask how we’re connected, but let’s not detract from the command performance of a horse Australians have come to believe is their best juvenile in decades. The official margin of two lengths hardly does justice to Sepoy’s dominance, and while he may have benefited from the defection of his only vanquisher, Smart Missile, the manner of his victory suggests the result would’ve been the same, whoever was in the line-up.
A big, eye-catching specimen, Sepoy is the point of perfection the thoroughbred has reached after 300 years of meticulous selection, and he runs like he knows it. Bred and owned by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud, you might expect this young man to carry the bloodlines of a prince, and he does. The fact that he is the son of a mare by the horse Australians consider immortal, Danehill, is enough to suggest that right now, even if he was buyable as the property of a mere mortal, his value would be of the order of $40 to $50 million, enough to buy up our own entire valley, and have change in your pocket. Sepoy now heads for Randwick’s Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr1) over 1400m, and on Saturday’s evidence, the extra furlong shouldn’t bother him.
Why the interest from Summerhill? If you’ve studied the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sales catalogue, you’ll know we have the only Darley-bred son of Elusive Quality in the catalogue, and like Sepoy, he carries those immaculate bloodlines. Those that know him already, will tell you, he’s some kind of specimen, too. You have a week and some change, to muster the dough!
Editors note :
Blogwatchers will have noticed that our regular “blogger,” Michael Nefdt, had the “Slipper” video posted on the site by Saturday afternoon, despite the nine hour time difference between Mooi River and Sydney. Well done, Michael. You have few equals.
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