Unsurprisingly luminary acceptor in the 2011 Danehill Stakes, the Peter Snowden-trained Sepoy, has opened as the odds-on favourite for the Flemington feature on Saturday, everything looking in the superstar’s favour to win and earn a shot at the older horses later on this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnvial.
Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet has Elusive Quality colt Sepoy at a quote of $1.20 in their Danehill Stakes odds, the $250,000 Group 2 race for three-year-olds set to run as Flemington Race 4 at 2:40pm this Saturday.
Little suggests Sepoy won’t go out in the Danehill and replicate his flawless first-up victory in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m), skyrocketing his impressive career record to seven wins from eight starts.
The Blue Diamond Stakes – Golden Slipper winner never looked in doubt at Caulfield on August 13, leading all the way to easily defeat the Peter Moody-trained Golden Archer by two and a half lengths in the Vain.
Paul Snowden, son of Sepoy’s trainer and the Melbourne foreman for the Darley operation, said that Sepoy had come on and improved since that win making him an imposing danger in the Danehill.
“He’s done extremely well,” Snowden said.
“He was always going to improve fitness-wise and we think we’ve got him a bit better for Saturday.”
Snowden Jnr. also pointed out that Vain Stakes runner-up Golden Archer continued on to win the Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes with ease last Saturday, which further proved the class of their horse.
“It just goes to show how much he’s got on the rest of them,” he said.
“That was a dominating win that horse (Golden Archer) did on the weekend and so far he’s come up with zero against this horse here (Sepoy), so it gives us a great deal of confidence.”
The Sepoy crew also have full confidence that the Flemington straight will present no issues for the galloper as they won the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at the iconic track on debut back in October last year.
“He’s been down the straight before, so it’s always handy having that experience,” Snowden said.
“He’s such an adaptable horse, I think he can race anywhere in a race now and hopefully we can get a win again.”
A win the Danehill will also boost Sepoy’s earnings to an incredible $3.2 million, a figure Snowden and his team hope to add to this spring.
Becoming the Danehill Stakes 2011 winner will also confirm Sepoy’s next-up run as the $500,000 Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 30.
Snowden confirmed that the Manikato Stakes 2011 was next on the agenda should Sepoy perform as expected on Saturday.
“We’re taking it one race at a time, but it’d be good if we can get him there,” he said.
“I think he deserves a crack at open-company horses so we can see what he really can do.”
Superstitious Danehill Stakes Betting Tip:
For superstitious punters that love a quirky fact to guide their selection, all four Danehill Stakes winners since the race was moved to Makybe Diva Stakes Day back in 2007 ran either first or second at their previous start.
Not only that, but all four were also prepared by a trainer with the first name Peter; Soul (2010) and Aichi (2008) for Peter Snowden and Black Caviar (2009) and Tan Tat de Lago (2007) for Peter Moody.
Another Danehill Stakes contender that fits this description is $7 second favourite through Luxbet, Hallowell Belle.
Peter Moody’s Starcraft filly, who ran second to Sepoy in the Blue Diamond last prep, comes into Saturday’s showdown on the back of a devastatingly close second to Kneeling in the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 20.
There is just one other runner at an opening quote of under $31 in the Danehill Stakes betting at Luxbet, Golden Slipper runner-up Mosheen paying $8 to improve on their first-up third to Satin Shoes in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 13.
Other hopefuls in the eight-horse field that could add value to Danehill Stakes Trifecta and other exotic bets include Blue Diamond third placegetter Masthead ($31), Robbie Laing’s Grand Britannia ($41) coming off a third in the Vain Stakes and unbeaten Queensland colt Absalon ($61).
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2011 Danehill Stakes Odds
|4||GRAND BRITANNIA (1)||41.00|
|5||UNIQUE QUALITY (7)||61.00|
|6||MISTER MILTON (4)||201.00|
|8||HALLOWELL BELLE (8)||7.00|
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