German 1,000 Guineas win an unforgettable landmark for Sepoy
Dalham Hall Stud sire compiling a good northern hemisphere record
Australian shuttler Sepoy has delivered a first-crop Classic winner in Europe with the victory of daughter Unforgetable Filly in the German 1,000 Guineas at Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Unforgetable Filly, trained by Hugo Palmer for Dr Ali Ridha, had won the Listed Maggie Dickinson Stakes at Musselburgh this month and finished sixth to Winter in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket before that.
She was a decisive winner of the German Classic under James Doyle, beating local opposition Peace In Motion (by Hat Trick) and Arazza (Areion) into the places.
Unforgetable Filly is among five stakes winners for Sepoy, all of whom have struck in the northern hemisphere and all but one of whom are of the fairer sex.
The stallion has also supplied Group 3-winning fillies Dabyah and Kilmah and Listed scorer Baileys Showgirl. His sole stakes-winning son is Khukri, who also notched a Listed success.
Sepoy has fared much better with his progeny in Europe, which is a head-scratcher as he had a huge profile in his native Australia, where he was champion two-year-old after an impressive victory in the revered Golden Slipper, and was retired to Darley Australia at a fee of A$66,000 (around £40,000/€45,000 at current rates).
However, with two crops to have raced in Australia the son of Elusive Quality has yet to be represented by a stakes winner there, and his southern-hemisphere at Darley has been slashed to A$16,500 (£10,000/€11,000).
By comparison, the success Sepoy is tasting in Europe has been achieved from a fee of £15,000 at Dalham Hall Stud, which has remained unchanged throughout his career.
Unforgetable Filly was bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the Oasis Dream mare Beautiful Filly, a dual winner over six and seven furlongs on the all-weather.
The dam – who hails from the immediate family of Group 1-winning sprinters Dowsing and Stravinsky – has produced three other winners, including Raven's Corner, who landed two handicaps on the Meydan dirt in good style for Satish Seemar this year.
Beautiful Filly has no two-year-old but a yearling filly by Slade Power and was covered by Sepoy again last year.
Sepoy has a handful of chances at Royal Ascot this week, including with Kilmah entered in the Jersey Stakes and Dabyah in the Coronation Stakes.