Darley’s talented sprinter Epaulette is out of the blocks in brilliant fashion with his first crop of horses burning up tracks in both hemispheres.
The Group One sprinter went to stud in 2014 in Australia and 2015 in Ireland and his first crop of two-year-olds have raced with amazing success this season.
The results have been so spectacular that Epaulette is the leading first season sire by group performers. He is also the fifth placed first season sire in the world in terms of winners.
In the just completed Northern Hemisphere season, Epaulette had a staggering 25 individual winners, with four of them black type performers.
McMunigal was a Group 3 winner in Ireland while Omaha Beach, Sankari Royale and Field of Roses all won listed races.
In Australia, Epaulette has left Group 3 winner Meryl along with black type performers River Bird and Khulaasa and city winner Katy’s Daughter.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds Managing Director Grant Morgan purchased a lovely Epaulette filly at the recent Inglis Classic Sale, but admits it wasn’t Epaulette’s flying start to his career that was the major influence on his purchasing decision.
“I must admit that heading to the sale I didn’t have any preconceived plan to buy an Epaulette yearling, but when I found this filly during my pre-sale inspection rounds there was no way I was leaving without her.
“She is simply a stunning filly and I rate her the equal of any filly I inspected at any of the sales throughout Australasia.
“The filly has a great physique and temperament but what really stopped me in my tracks was her walk. She walks like a panther and in my experience horses that walk as good as this filly usually run.
“The last filly I purchased with the same athleticism and walk was Savanna Amour, a multiple Group winner for Ontrack.”
The Epaulette filly is this week commencing breaking in at master horseman Greg Bennett’s Canungra farm and will race from the Gold Coast stables of Toby Edmonds.