The Slipper certainly fits
The son of Elusive Quality provided his sire with his highest profile win in Australia and is now possibly the most exciting two-year-old for his sire since Elusive City won two Group One races in the European season of 2002.
Sepoy silenced any doubters he may have attracted after blemishing his perfect record on a wet-track two weeks ago, but today at Rosehill over the 1200m on a good track, he showed his true ability and blew away the best two-year-olds in the country in a dominant performance. The Golden Slipper, Australasia’s premier two-year-old event, has not been won by a G1 Blue Diamond winner since Courtza in 1989 and stamps the colt as Australia’s most exciting future breeding prospect.
Sepoy had previously won the Blue Diamond Stakes series treble in Australia, including the second fastest time ever recorded for the G1 Blue Diamond. As Sepoy is a Darley homebred, it was a great thrill for the entire Darley operation including trainer Peter Snowden and jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who piloted the colt perfectly after jumping from barrier 10, sat just off the pace throughout and then pulled away from the pack in the stretch for an easy win.
Sepoy is out of a full sister to G1 winner Camarena, the dam of G1 winner Camarilla, also by Elusive Quality. His is also the family of the G1-winning Darley Australia stallion Canny Lad.
Elusive Quality has two yearlings on offer at the Inglis Easter Sales starting next week at Newmarket, Lot. 360 is colt from Torryburn Stud who is half-sister to Montana Flyer and Lot. 474 is a filly from Princes Farm who is from the G1-winning family of Grand Zulu.
Sepoy is one of 20 career Graded or Group winners for Elusive Quality who was North America’s leading sire by number of total progeny Stakes wins in 2010. Among his 66 career stakes winners - seven at the highest level - are last year’s multiple G1 winner Quality Road, as well as Kentucky Derby hero Smarty Jones and G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass who stands at Darley’s Kildangan stud in Ireland.