South African handler Mike de Kock won this race in 2008 with Sun Classique and banks on the lightly-race Mensoora who was last seen finishing an eye-catching sixth in the Grade 1 Golden Slipper Stakes
at Greyville, South Africa in July.
Sepoy ended his juvenile year as the highest-rated Australian two-year-old colt in 35 years thanks to a glittering season for Peter Snowden in which he landed the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes by four and a quarter lengths in a quick time and the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes
Other recent flag-bearers include top-class sprinter Star Witness (A$150,000 in 2009, pictured left), Melbourne Cup winner Shocking (A$44,000 in 2007) and Sebring (A$130,000 in 2007), one of seven graduates to win the Golden Slipper Stakes
in the past nine years.
jjAustralia Inglis Sires Produce Stakes G1 Randwick, 2yo,7f A WEEK after lifting the Golden Slipper Stakes
with Sepoy, the powerful partnership of Darley and Peter Snowden was on the mark again, this time sending out Helmet to win the AJC Sires'' Produce Stakes, writes Nancy Sexton.
Son of Elusive Quality strolls home in richest juvenile race ANY doubts that Sepoy was not the brilliant colt once promised were erased in just over a minute on Saturday at Rosehill in Australia when Sheikh Mohammed's homebred son of Elusive Quality overwhelmed the field for the world's richest juvenile race, the Golden Slipper Stakes
, with a bloodless two-length win.
Black Caviar and fellow Group 1 winner Bel Mer are the pick of ten stakes winners from Bel Esprit's first four crops, and interestingly, both are inbred 3x4 to Golden Slipper Stakes
winner Vain, a descendant of Fair Trial who was a leading Australian sire of juveniles.
Widden Stud's Stratum became the first freshman stallion in Australian history to break the A$3 million barrier, thanks primarily to the win of Crystal Lily in the Golden Slipper Stakes
Darley have also confirmed that narrow 2008 Golden Slipper Stakes
runner-up Von Costa De Hero will be available to breeders for the first time later this year.
AUSTRALIA Golden Slipper Stakes
winner Stratum became the first of this season's Australian-based freshman sires to produce a southern-hemisphere stakes winner when Crystal Lily won the Listed MRC Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Tuesday.
That accolade belongs to Vinery's More Than Ready, who has had his fee increased from A$110,000 to A$148,500 after a season that yielded a second consecutive Golden Slipper Stakes
winner in Phelan Ready.
Kenny's Best Pal (by Bletchingly) won the Australian Guineas and was best at 1m, as was Filante (by Star Way), whose top performance came in the Epsom Handicap over the same trip, while Bint Marscay (by Marscay) was a precocious flying machine, Australia's top two-year-old of 1992-93, when she won the 6f Golden Slipper Stakes
in race-record time.
LAST season's Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes
winner Sebring has been officially retired to Widden Stud in New South Wales, Australia, following a re-occurring soundness issue.