Peter Snowden’s brilliant colt Sepoy is preparing for their second-up run on Saturday having been nominated for the 2011 Danehill Stakes at Flemington’s debut spring meeting, where they will start odds-on favourite to remain unbeaten as a three-year-old.
The son of Elusive Quality won four of their five starts as a juvenile last season including the unique and impressive Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper double.
As such the new-season debut of Sepoy was a highly-spruiked affair, the Darley-owned galloper no disappointment for the Luxbet punters when they easily posted a two and a half length win in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 13.
This weekend Sepoy will race at Flemington for the first time since winning the listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) there on debut last October.
Last Saturday all the attention was on Anthony Cummings’ fellow ace three-year-old Smart Missile, who resumed with their own commanding first-up win in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) in Sydney.
Now Sepoy, who has only been defeated once when second to Smart Missile in the rain at Rosehill last March, returns to centre stage for the $250,000 Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m).
Snowden expressed his pleasure over how well Sepoy had come through their first-up run and win and was again tipping him as being hard to beat this Saturday.
“He couldn’t have pleased us more since his first-up run,” Snowden said.
“He’s in great order and I expect him to race so.”
Sepoy has been ruled out of the opening two million dollar Group 1 features for three-year-olds, the Golden Rose in Sydney next month and the Caulfield Guineas in October, betting on both races at Luxbet unsurprising lead by Smart Missile.
Snowden confirmed he was setting the superstar towards the open-age-company races including the $500,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 30 and the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Early online betting markets for the Manikato Stakes 2011 have Sepoy as a $3 chance behind doubtful acceptor, Australian Horse of the Year frontrunner Black Caviar ($1.70).
While there looks to be little out there among the current crop of three-year-olds other than Smart Missile, who he is unlikely to meet this spring, that has the ability to beat Sepoy there were still 12 Danehill Stakes entries this year.
Other notable horses looking to win the race Black Caviar launched her stunning career in two years ago include the Danny O’Brien-trained Decircles, Golden Slipper runner-up Mosheen and Clarry Conner’s filly Satin Shoes.
After winning the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) first up on August 13, Satin Shoes failed last Saturday when finishing eighth behind Golden Archer in the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m).
Satin Shoes has also been entered for the $125,000 Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) if connections decide to avoid a clash with Sepoy on Saturday.
All the Flemington race fields for Saturday will be released by Racing Victoria on Wednesday and published here first at Races.com.au.
To get the best horse racing odds this weekend and all throughout the spring carnival, avoid the TAB and bet better with Luxbet.
2011 Danehill Stakes Nominations
|3||GRAND BRITANNIA||Robbie Laing||76|
|4||HALLOWELL BELLE||Peter G Moody||82|
|6||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||62|
|8||SATIN SHOES||Clarry Conners||97|
|9||SECRET HILLS||Mick Price||72|
|11||SONG OF THE BELL||Patrick Payne||67|
|12||UNIQUE QUALITY||Frankie Stockdale||65|