Sepoy continued an exciting week with news that he will stand the coming season at Northwood Park in Victoria, the sale of his Stakes-placed daughter Acqume for A$750,000 at the Inglis Chairman's Sale and now another G1 courtesy of his three-year-old daughter Alizee.
All the brilliance she possesses was produced by Alizee when she breezed to a second Group 1 in the G1 Queen of the Turf Stakes and give her sire Sepoy another stakes win at Randwick on Saturday, 14 April.
The winner of the G1 Flight Stakes over the same 1,600m course last spring, Alizee came from near last at the 400m to gather in a top-class field of fillies and race away to score by two lengths.
The victory will also give Darley a matching set when she begins a breeding career alongside her half-brother Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) who is about to begin his second season at stud in Australia.
After a brief forward move in the first 200m, jockey Glyn Schofield allowed Alizee to settle at the rear of the field where she relaxed perfectly and was ready to produce her renowned sprint when called upon.
“I know if I let her relax she’ll give me that great sprint – and she did just that,” Schofield said.
Alizee resumed with a victory in the G2 Light Fingers Stakes in February with a further three starts at Group-level prior to this win.
Alizee’s considerable ability is matched by her pedigree.
Her dam Essaouira (Exceed And Excel) and granddam Alizes were both brilliant speedsters and third dam, the G1 winner La Baraka who also possessed abundant pace.
It is a family that also includes La Baraka’s dam, the champion racemare and producer, Triscay a winner of 15 races, including five at G1-level.
Sepoy, the champion Australian sprinter of his era, has produced seven Stakes winners, the best of them after Alizee being the German G2 winner Unforgetable Filly.
Sepoy will stand the coming southern hemisphere season at Northwood Park, Victoria, at a fee of A$11,000 including GST payable on live foal.