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Super colt Sepoy was overshadowed by a less-heralded stablemate in a Flemington gallop at this morning’s Breakfast With The Stars, but despite the defeat everyone in ‘camp Sepoy’ are brimming with confidence ahead of the crack three-year-olds’ grand final in the 2011 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Victoria Derby Day this Saturday.
Elusive Quality colt Sepoy shoots for double digits in the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on the weekend, the Peter Snowden-trained megastar out for their 10th win from 11 starts in a glittering career that has already amassed over $3.5 million in prize money.
Re-familiarising themselves with the famous Flemington track, Sepoy having won both of their official starts at the course including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) last month, the triple Group 1 hero was narrowly defeated by their Scone Cup winning stablemate Dysphonia in a surprise jump out result this morning.
The gallop was simply a warm-up for the big one on Saturday and Sepoy’s regular rider Kerrin McEvoy was happy with how they worked.
“He did exactly what we wanted him to do and we couldn’t be happier with him heading to Saturday,” McEvoy said.
“He travelled really nice in behind and hit the line full of running.
“It was nice work leading into his main race on Saturday.
“Pete (Snowden) has given him a nice, easy time after his last win (the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint over 1100m at Caulfield on October 15) and he travelled really well in his work.
“He’s nice and fresh and seems happy.
“He’s given me similar feels in the lead-up to his wins before, so I’m happy going into this race.”
McEvoy went on to say that Sepoy had been targeted for the Coolmore the whole way through his spring preparation, from which he is undefeated in four starts, and that this would give him the edge.
“This has been his main goal our fellow….the Group One on Derby Day.”
Of the likely rivals that will be paid up for to take on Sepoy in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, it was exciting Hong Kong raider Bear Hero that McEvoy named as the real unknown danger.
“It just depends how this Hong Kong horse goes I suppose,” McEvoy said.
“He’s travelled over and apparently he’s settled in well and he’s working well at Werribee.
“He’s the wildcard.
“I have yet to look at his form and analyse his runs on video, so we’ll just have to have a look, but he could be our main danger.”
Of the other 12 Coomore Stud Stakes nominees this year the more notable entries include fellow Sydneysiders Foxwedge and Hot Snitzel, and the in-form Masthead.
Final acceptances for the Coolmore, as well as the other eight Group races on the Victoria Derby Day program this year, will be announced on Wednesday and published here at Races.com.au.
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