Native Soldier gives Sepoy a Guineas prospect

Speedy colt shows stamina in G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude win

A spring classic has been placed on the agenda for the Sepoy colt Native Soldier thanks to his dominant victory in the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday, 30 September.

As he had done in his previous win over 1,200m at the same track last month, Native Soldier bounced from the gates and showed all the speed expected from a son of Sepoy to take control of the race.

The manner in which he ran out the 1,400 of Sunday’s race, cruising to the line, two lengths clear of Tavisan, suggested the extra 200m in the G1 Caulfield Guineas shouldn’t be beyond him.

A colt who throws strongly to his sire, Native Soldier is out of the Belong To Me mare Belong To Many whose eight wins included the G2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

He is the third Australian-bred Stakes winner by Sepoy who has had 10 worldwide.

Native Soldier was consigned to the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale by his breeder, Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud, where he sold to the bid of his trainer Darren Weir for $160,000.

Sepoy, the champion three-year-old sprinter of his generation in Australia, is standing the current southern hemisphere season at Northwood Park in Victoria at a fee of A$11,000 including GST.