SIDESTEP (AUS)(Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest for Fame)
Telemon Thoroughbreds, QLD. Fee: $16,500 Payment on live foal

Sidestep Overview

One of Australia’s most exciting young stallions, Sidestep was crowned Champion First Season Sire of Australia after a superb season headed by the dazzling Group 1 Golden Slipper victory of his daughter Kiamichi.

After also simultaneously heading the first season standings in France, to where he shuttled following his retirement as Australia's Champion 2YO colt, in 2019 Sidestep was strongly supported by breeders from around Australia, improving his ratio of stakes-winning mares tenfold compared to the previous season.

Among his coterie of high class matings last season were 10 from Darley, including the dam of Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi, an unequivocal endorsement of just how highly rated Sidestep is by his owner-breeders.

The only champion 2YO by Exceed and Excel, whose star has never burned brighter, the results of 2019's quality matings will see Sidestep – already the sire of six individual stakes horses – represented by high class 2YOs when this season’s covers are yearlings.

Not all leading 2YOs train on to be competitive at the highest level as 3YOs, however Sidestep not only captured the Gr2 Royal Sovereign Stakes in his sophomore year, he defeated Gr1 winners Bounding Away and Chautauqua (one of the world's greatest sprinters) in the process.

In a continuing arrangement with Darley, Sidestep will stand the 2020 season at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds at a fee of $16,500 including GST with his offspring eligible for the lucrative QTIS bonus scheme. Ideally suited to the lucrative QTIS 2YO and 3YO incentives, where winners of a QTIS Saturday metropolitan race earn almost $80,000 (fillies), breeding to Sidestep offers breeders the best of both worlds: a colt or filly with strong sales potential, or one with the capacity to earn big returns on the racetrack.

By a sire that yearling buyers and breeders can't get enough of, and one of three individual Gr1 performers out of his dam Dextrous from the immediate family of champion mare Emancipation, Sidestep ticks every possible box for breeders in 2020. At $16,500, with no payment due until there is a live foal, he offers unrivalled value by any yardstick.

Sidestep Pedigree

b. 2000
b. 1986
b. 1977
b. 1981
ch. 1994
b. 1980
ch. 1974
b. 1999
br. 1987
b. 1981
br. 1977
b. 1988
b. 1982
br. 1982
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Sidestep Progeny

SIDESTEP Champion 2YO Colt in Australia in 2012-13. 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, A$1,343,500, ATC Pago Pago S., Gr.2, Royal Sovereign S., Gr.2, Darby Munro S., L, 2d ATC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1, Fireball S., L, Canberra RC Black Opal S., L, 3d MRC Merson Cooper S., L, 4th ATC Golden Rose S., Gr.1, San Domenico S., Gr.3. He entered stud in Aust. in 2015. Leading Aust. First Season Sire in 2018-19. Sire of 125 progeny to race, 49 winners (39.0%), earnings of over $4.4 million, 3 stakes winners, 3 stakes placegetters, inc.

KIAMICHI (16f, Canny Lad, Vain). Champion 2YO Filly in Australia in 2018-19.3 wins at 2, A$2,368,750, ATC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1, Magic Night S., Gr.3, Girls Day Out 2YO H., 2d ATC Roadwork Solutions 2YO H., 3d ATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1, Light Fingers S., Gr.2, 4th ATC Sweet Embrace S., Gr.2, PJ Bell S., Gr.3.

REAL APPEAL (17g, Green Desert, Mark of Esteem). 3 wins at 2 in 2019, €78,635, Maisons-Laffitte Prix La Fleche, L, Chantilly Prix du Soleil de Bretagne, 3d Leopardstown Sovereign Path H., 4th Curragh S., L.

STEP BY STEP (17c, Acatenango, Kings Lake). 3 wins at 2200m, 2400m in 2020, Toulouse Derby du Languedoc, L, 2d ParisLongchamp Prix de Lutece, Gr.3.

Wheels on Fire (17c, Street Sense, Encosta de Lago). Winner at 2 in 2019, 2d Vichy Prix du Haras de Bouquetot-Jacques Bouchara, L, 3d Doncaster Flying Childers S., Gr.2.

Gold Step (17f, Kendor, Far North). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m to 2020, Chantilly Prix du Bois Saint-Denis, 3d Deauville Prix Zeddaan, L, Prix d'Etretat.

Lindy Lou (17f, Kingsalsa, Giant's Causeway). Winner at 2 in 2019, 2d Deauville Prix Priolo, Prix Helen Street, 3d Cagnes-Midi Prix de la Californie, L, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Reine du Chant, 4th Chantilly Prix Montenica, L.

Longbottom (16f, Orpen, Rory's Jester). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m to 2019-20, A$186,365, BRC TAB 2YO H., 2d Scone RC Inglis 2YO Challenge, ATC Redeye Constructions H., Gosford RC Tooheys H., GCTC Davo's Crane Hire H., 3d ATC Exceedance at Vinery H., Grunt Standing at Yulong H., QE Foods Classic H.

Autumnal (17f, Three Valleys, Faustus). 3 wins-2 at 2-to 1400m to 2020, Maisons-Laffitte Prix des Petrons.

Surreal Step (16g, Wonderful World, Blues Traveller). 3 wins at 1200m, 1400m in 2019-20, A$121,885, ATC Darley Stallions H., Cranbourne TC Vale Mikaela Claridge P., 2d ATC Casino Prince at Vinery H., 3d MRC Clanbrooke Racing 2YO H.

Grey on Post (17f, Spectrum, Linamix). Winner at 1200m in 2020, Milan Premio Gerecon, 3d Milan Premio Ancilla Ferrario, Premio Daniele Porcu.

Bogogno (17c, Harbour Watch, Oratorio). Winner at 1800m in 2020, Milan Premio Scuderia Belforte, 3d Milan Premio Razza di Besnate.

Obvious Step (17f, Magic Albert, Rory's Jester). Winner at 2 in 2019-20, ATC Grunt Standing at Yulong 2YO H.

Red Fifty (17f, Gentlewave, Fasliyev). Winner at 1200m in 2020, Chantilly Prix du Sagittaire, 2d Chantilly Prix du Bois Saint-Denis, 3d Chantilly Prix de la Route Papillon, Prix de la Route des Pins.

Larkham (16g, Artie Schiller, Zeditave). Winner at 1000m in 2019-20, SAJC Nuggets Bucks Show H., 3d SAJC Anzac Day H.

Easy Campese (17c, Oratorio, Jeune). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1300m, 1450m to 2020-21, 2d ATC Sky Racing Active H., Canterbury League Club 2YO H., 4th ATC Dulcify H., L.

Sidekiss (16g, Hennessy, Polish Patriot). 2 wins at 2, 3d BRC Teddy Bears Picnic Raceday 2YO H., Eva Air H.

Vinci Per Noi (17c, Titus Livius, Ashkalani). Winner at 2 in 2019, 3d Milan Premio Palazzo Marino.

Ilyouchkine (17c, Hold That Tiger, Best of the Bests). Winner at 2 in 2019, 2d Madrid Gran Premio Cimera.

Maavah (17f, Haafhd, Kingmambo). Winner at 1400m in 2020, 2d Saint-Cloud Prix Gris Perle.

Theleme (17g, Okawango, Cadeaux Genereux). Winner at 1900m in 2020, 2d Auteuil Prix des Platanes Hurdle.

Tango Stepz (16f, Pure Theatre, Green Dancer). Winner at 900m in 2019-20, 3d Scone RC Inglis 2YO Challenge, ATC TAB Highway H.

Sidefish Fal (17f, Mizzen Mast, Empire Maker). 4 wins-2 at 2-from 1300m to 1900m to 2020.

In a Step (16f, Switch in Time, Jade Hunter). 4 wins-1 at 2-at 800m, 1000m to 2020-21, A$89,330.

Phosphene (17f, Peintre Celebre, Monsun). 3 wins at 1700m, 1800m in 2020.

Miss Twilight (16f, Country Reel, Canny Lad). 3 wins to 1400m to 2020-21.

Akatino (17c, Desert Prince, Monsun). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1400m, 1700m to 2020.

Side Coco Fal (17f, Smarty Jones, Mt. Livermore). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1300m to 2020.

Youonlyliveonce (17c, Foxhound, Puissance). 2 wins at 2 in 2019.

My Desire (16f, Howbaddouwantit, Siege Perilous). 2 wins at 1500m, 1600m in 2019-20.

Prince of Helena (16g, Kaapstad, Little Brown Jug). 2 wins at 1300m, 1400m in 2019-20.

Sidestep Acceptances

2020-09-15T00:00:00+12:00: 15:45, Race 5, Taree RC Stacks Law Firm Maiden H. (1300m) $22,000; 4yo g Mondial Express (Sidestep-Mondial Dame by Honours List (IRE))

Sidestep 1-2-3 Results

14/09/2020: Paavo () 4yo g (Sidestep-Lonrose by Lonhro);
1st Tamworth JC Thrifty Car Rental H., $22,000 1600m, earning $11,200
08/09/2020: Lionsteps () 3yo f (Sidestep-Cordelion by Lion Heart (USA));
2nd Scone RC Yarraman Park Maiden H., $22,000 1100m, earning $3,900
03/09/2020: Scalded () 4yo f (Sidestep-Truly Ablaze by Statue Of Liberty (USA));
1st Albury RC Twin City Truck Centre H., $22,000 1175m, earning $11,200
29/08/2020: The Juke () 4yo g (Sidestep-Lohgairo by Lonhro);
1st Port Macquarie RC Great Northern Brewing Co Maiden P., $12,000 1512m, earning $5,850
28/08/2020: Inthelapofthegods () 4yo g (Sidestep-Otarama (NZ) by Gold Brose);
2nd Pakenham RC Sandown Lodge Maiden P., $35,000 1400m, earning $6,300
26/08/2020: Easy Campese () 3yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
2nd ATC Sky Racing Active H., $50,000 1550m, earning $8,950
25/08/2020: Lionsteps () 3yo f (Sidestep-Cordelion by Lion Heart (USA));
2nd Scone RC Coolmore Maiden P., $22,000 900m, earning $3,900
21/08/2020: Prince of Helena () 4yo g (Sidestep-Lady Of Helena (NZ) by Kaapstad (NZ));
3rd Bendigo JC Smartline Finance H., $35,000 1300m, earning $3,150
21/08/2020: In a Step () 4yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
1st Taree RC Horsepower H., $22,000 1000m, earning $11,200
19/08/2020: Hateech () 4yo f (Sidestep-Scatcat by Shaft);
1st Gawler & Barossa JC Specsavers Gawler H., $18,000 1100m, earning $9,900
18/08/2020: Scalded () 4yo f (Sidestep-Truly Ablaze by Statue Of Liberty (USA));
1st Albury RC Gazebo & Shade Centre Maiden P., $22,000 1175m, earning $11,200
14/08/2020: Easy Campese () 3yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
1st Goulburn DRC Markey Saddlery H., $22,000 1425m, earning $11,200
14/08/2020: Miss Twilight () 4yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
1st Goulburn DRC J Pride Trainer of the Year H., $22,000 1225m, earning $11,200
10/08/2020: Inthelapofthegods () 4yo g (Sidestep-Otarama (NZ) by Gold Brose);
2nd Pakenham RC Obrien Real Estate Maiden P., $23,000 1400m, earning $3,910
09/08/2020: Prince of Helena () 4yo g (Sidestep-Lady Of Helena (NZ) by Kaapstad (NZ));
2nd Bendigo JC Stay Safe Bendigo H., $35,000 1400m, earning $6,300
07/08/2020: Scalded () 4yo f (Sidestep-Truly Ablaze by Statue Of Liberty (USA));
2nd Canberra RC Affinity Constructions Aus Maiden P., $20,000 1200m, earning $3,650
05/08/2020: Hateech () 4yo f (Sidestep-Scatcat by Shaft);
2nd Gawler & Barossa JC Kongorong-Zed Cup Winner H., $18,000 1100m, earning $3,150
04/08/2020: Ma Bella Rosie () 4yo f (Sidestep-Macedon Lass by Filante (NZ));
1st Moruya JC Riverbreeze Holiday Park Maiden H., $22,000 1435m, earning $11,200
31/07/2020: Easy Campese () 3yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
2nd Wyong RC H., $35,000 1350m, earning $6,000
26/07/2020: Prince of Helena () 3yo g (Sidestep-Lady Of Helena (NZ) by Kaapstad (NZ));
1st Echuca RC Bryson & Marni Lee H., $20,000 1300m, earning $11,000
10/07/2020: Inthelapofthegods () 3yo g (Sidestep-Otarama (NZ) by Gold Brose);
2nd Pakenham RC Stone Ambassador Maiden P., $31,500 1100m, earning $5,670
10/07/2020: Easy Campese () 2yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
1st Scone RC Emirates Park Maiden H., $22,000 1300m, earning $11,200
09/07/2020: In a Step () 3yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
3rd Clarence River JC Fidelity Capital H., $40,000 1000m, earning $3,750
01/07/2020: Obvious Step () 2yo f (Sidestep-State the Obvious by Magic Albert);
1st ATC Grunt Standing at Yulong Maiden 2YO H., $50,000 1150m, earning $22,000
29/06/2020: In a Step () 3yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
1st Taree RC TAB H., $20,000 1000m, earning $10,250
23/06/2020: Easy Campese () 2yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
3rd Hawkesbury RC Sky Channel Maiden P., $31,500 1100m, earning $2,880
16/06/2020: Outastep () 3yo f (Sidestep-Ferguson by Danasinga);
3rd Tamworth JC Peel Valley Tyres Maiden P., $20,000 1000m, earning $1,900
30/05/2020: One Step () 3yo f (Sidestep-Our Abbey by Octagonal (NZ));
3rd Illawarra TC Hillross Supernova Woonona Maiden P., $31,500 1400m, earning $2,880
27/05/2020: Persian King () 3yo g (Sidestep-Shahnameh by War Pass (USA));
2nd Warwick TC Coachman's Inn Maiden H., $17,000 1350m, earning $3,100
18/05/2020: Upside () 3yo f (Sidestep-Upinahms by Brahms (USA));
2nd Tamworth JC Jamieson Civil & Earthmoving Country Maiden P., $20,000 1000m, earning $3,510
15/05/2020: I am Courage () 3yo g (Sidestep-Dane Set and Match by Danewin);
3rd Toowoomba TC Focus Hr H., $21,000 1000m, earning $1,900
08/05/2020: My Desire () 3yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
2nd Coff's Harbour RC Cooee Screen Prints H., $20,000 1600m, earning $3,510
04/05/2020: Step on Fire () 3yo g (Sidestep-Are You Ready by Strategic);
2nd Gunnedah JC Stay Safe at Home H., $20,000 1000m, earning $3,510
27/04/2020: Elusive Eagle () 3yo g (Sidestep-Stravinsky's Image (USA) by Stravinsky (USA));
3rd Clarence River JC Andrew Bensley Thanks H., $20,000 1215m, earning $1,900
24/04/2020: My Desire () 3yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
3rd Port Macquarie RC Gary Kliese H., $20,000 1506m, earning $1,900
19/04/2020: Crunchie () 3yo f (Sidestep-Geemeup (NZ) by High Chaparral (IRE));
2nd Terang RC Cervus Equipment Maiden P., $31,500 1400m, earning $5,670
18/04/2020: I am Courage () 3yo g (Sidestep-Dane Set and Match by Danewin);
2nd Toowoomba TC Focus Hr H., $21,000 870m, earning $3,800
16/04/2020: Prince of Helena () 3yo g (Sidestep-Lady Of Helena (NZ) by Kaapstad (NZ));
1st Wangaratta TC Beteasy Maiden P., $20,700 1400m, earning $11,388
13/04/2020: Surreal Step () 3yo g (Sidestep-Continua by Wonderful World);
1st ATC Darley Stallions H., $54,000 1400m, earning $25,560
09/04/2020: Butch'n'bugs () 3yo g (Sidestep-Phar Too Fast by Dane Shadow);
1st Wyong RC Provincial & Country Maiden H., $35,000 1350m, earning $16,740
07/04/2020: History () 3yo f (Sidestep-Hosannah by Octagonal (NZ));
1st Illawarra TC Mount Keira Maiden H., $35,000 1400m, earning $16,740
29/03/2020: Miss Twilight () 3yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
2nd Shoalhaven City TC Hanlon Windows H., $22,000 1400m, earning $3,900
27/03/2020: Scalded () 3yo f (Sidestep-Truly Ablaze by Statue Of Liberty (USA));
2nd Sapphire Coast TC Wilson's Signs Maiden P., $22,000 1008m, earning $3,900
25/03/2020: Surreal Step () 3yo g (Sidestep-Continua by Wonderful World);
2nd ATC Casino Prince at Vinery H., $50,000 1400m, earning $8,950
21/03/2020: History () 3yo f (Sidestep-Hosannah by Octagonal (NZ));
3rd Illawarra TC Flinders Maiden H., $35,000 1200m, earning $3,200
20/03/2020: Prince of Helena () 3yo g (Sidestep-Lady Of Helena (NZ) by Kaapstad (NZ));
3rd Albury RC Skinlogics Maiden P., $30,000 1175m, earning $2,800
19/03/2020: Persian King () 3yo g (Sidestep-Shahnameh by War Pass (USA));
2nd Toowoomba TC Audi Centre Maiden P., $21,000 1050m, earning $3,800
16/03/2020: Step on Fire () 3yo g (Sidestep-Are You Ready by Strategic);
1st Scone RC Horse Festival 8-17 May Maiden H., $22,000 1100m, earning $11,200
11/03/2020: Sidekiss () 3yo g (Sidestep-Sun Kisses by Hennessy (USA));
3rd BRC Eva Air H., $35,000 1350m, earning $3,200
09/03/2020: Miss Twilight () 3yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
1st Canberra RC OPC IT H., $30,000 1400m, earning $17,430
09/03/2020: In a Step () 3yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
1st Coff's Harbour RC A J Civil Projects H., $22,000 800m, earning $11,200
01/03/2020: Mint Strip () 3yo g (Sidestep-Little McCall (USA) by Lightnin N Thunder (USA));
2nd SCTC Kingsley St Clair Memorial Maiden P., $21,000 1000m, earning $3,800
29/02/2020: Butch'n'bugs () 3yo g (Sidestep-Phar Too Fast by Dane Shadow);
3rd Tuncurry Forster JC Club Forster Maiden H., $12,000 1000m, earning $1,010
26/02/2020: Surreal Step () 3yo g (Sidestep-Continua by Wonderful World);
1st Gosford RC Happy Birthday Martin H., $35,000 1200m, earning $16,740
23/02/2020: Miss Twilight () 3yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
1st Goulburn DRC Goulburn Marketplace Maiden P., $22,000 1300m, earning $11,200
15/02/2020: Kiamichi () 3yo f (Sidestep-Ouachita by Canny Lad);
3rd ATC Light Fingers S., Gr.2, $200,000 1200m, earning $17,750
11/02/2020: Elusive Eagle () 3yo g (Sidestep-Stravinsky's Image (USA) by Stravinsky (USA));
3rd Scone RC Furney's Stock Feeds H., $22,000 1400m, earning $2,100
09/02/2020: Miss Twilight () 3yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
3rd Goulburn DRC Doyles on the Beach Maiden P., $22,000 1200m, earning $2,100
08/02/2020: Mumbo () 3yo g (Sidestep-Insightful by Canny Lad);
2nd Gilgandra JC Kelly & Astill Lawyers Maiden H., $12,000 1200m, earning $2,020
01/02/2020: Mint Strip () 3yo g (Sidestep-Little McCall (USA) by Lightnin N Thunder (USA));
3rd GCTC Show Pony Social Club Maiden H., $21,000 900m, earning $1,900
31/01/2020: My Desire () 3yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
1st Taree RC Taree Raceday H., $22,000 1614m, earning $11,200
24/01/2020: Miss Twilight () 3yo f (Sidestep-Phenomenal Lass by Country Reel (USA));
3rd Canberra RC Parkwood Racing & Breeding Maiden H., $20,000 1200m, earning $1,700
17/01/2020: Easy Campese () 2yo c (Sidestep-Up and Over by Oratorio (IRE));
2nd ATC Canterbury League Club Maiden 2YO H., $50,000 1200m, earning $8,950
13/01/2020: Paavo () 3yo g (Sidestep-Lonrose by Lonhro);
1st Taree RC De Bortoli Wines Maiden P., $22,000 1250m, earning $11,200
10/01/2020: My Desire () 3yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
1st Port Macquarie RC McGrath Property Management Maiden H., $22,000 1506m, earning $11,200
12/12/2019: My Desire () 3yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
3rd Wyong RC Mainstream Taxation Maiden P., $35,000 1350m, earning $3,200
11/12/2019: I am Courage () 3yo g (Sidestep-Dane Set and Match by Danewin);
2nd Dalby & Northern Downs JC Pestworx H., $21,000 1000m, earning $3,800
06/12/2019: Mint Strip () 3yo g (Sidestep-Little McCall (USA) by Lightnin N Thunder (USA));
3rd SCTC Access Insulation Maiden H., $27,500 1000m, earning $2,600
18/09/2019: Surreal Step () 3yo c (Sidestep-Continua by Wonderful World);
1st Cranbourne TC Vale Mikaela Claridge Maiden P., $50,000 1200m, earning $27,500
03/09/2019: Surreal Step () 3yo c (Sidestep-Continua by Wonderful World);
2nd Ballarat TC Pipe Pro Direct. Drilling Maiden P., $23,000 1200m, earning $3,910
10/07/2019: In a Step () 2yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
1st Clarence River JC Jacaranda Hotel Country Maiden P., $40,200 1000m, earning $19,900
28/06/2019: My Desire () 2yo f (Sidestep-I Want You (NZ) by Howbaddouwantit (USA));
2nd Tamworth JC Thread Effects Maiden P., $30,000 1400m, earning $5,300
26/06/2019: Sidekiss () 2yo g (Sidestep-Sun Kisses by Hennessy (USA));
3rd BRC Teddy Bears Picnic Raceday 2YO H., $35,000 1400m, earning $3,200
23/06/2019: Elusive Eagle () 2yo c (Sidestep-Stravinsky's Image (USA) by Stravinsky (USA));
1st Coonamble JC Carco & Panel & Paint Maiden H., $27,225 1200m, earning $20,725
21/06/2019: In a Step () 2yo f (Sidestep-Time Release by Switch In Time (IRE));
2nd Coff's Harbour RC A J Civil Projects Maiden P., $29,400 1005m, earning $5,300
08/06/2019: Sidekiss () 2yo g (Sidestep-Sun Kisses by Hennessy (USA));
1st GCTC Wash it Australia H., $21,000 1400m, earning $11,650
01/06/2019: I am Courage () 2yo g (Sidestep-Dane Set and Match by Danewin);
3rd Lockyer RC Coughlins Accountants 2YO H., $26,700 1100m, earning $1,700

Sidestep BR News

  • Sun City Adds to 2020 Telemon Sire Lineup

    Mon, 20 Jul 2020

    The acquisition of one-time Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite Sun City has added another key drawcard to the stallion ranks of Telemon Thoroughbreds in Queensland. Boasting a decades-long rich history in one of Australia's prime thoroughbred breeding regions, Telemon stood two very in-demand stallions in 2019, both of which are standing again in 2020: Champion 2YO Sidestep (Exceed and Excel), sire of Gr1 Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi, and Jungle Cat (Iffraaj), a dual hemisphere Gr1 winner who proved equal to taking on Australia's best sprinters in their own domain and beating them. Newcomer Sun City, winner of Brisbane's Gr3 BJ McLachlan Stakes and also twice runner-up at stakes level from just 6 starts, is a son of leading Widden stallion Zoustar who stands at $121,000 in 2020. A cracking type who was A++ rated by True Nicks, Sun City ($525,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale) was the most expensive colt by his sire in 2018. Much admired, he was purchased by leading international judges David Redvers (on behalf of Qatar Bloodstock) and Mitchell McEvoy Bloodstock whose co-principal Tony McEvoy trained him. For a full overview of Telemon Thoroughbreds and its 2020 stallions, click on the image.


  • Telemon Adds Third Stallion to 2020 Roster

    Tue, 12 May 2020

    Progressive Queensland stud Telemon Thoroughbreds has wasted little time in adding another spoke to its growing stallion wheel. Already boasting two high class sires, rising stud force Telemon’s latest recruit is the precocious Zoustar colt Sun City. With his sire in high demand after producing a number of exceptionally gifted sprinters, Sun City will be a popular addition to the sunshine state’s stallion ranks. Runner-up in Flemington’s Listed Maribyrnong Plate before winning the BRC’s BJ McLachlan Stakes ahead of Christmas, the speedy juvenile was strongly fancied for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic before illnes prevented him from running. The $525,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast graduate – the most expensive by his sire that year – either won or finished runner-up in every one of his juvenile starts – all at stakes level. “He is a genuine Gr1 talent. We clocked him as quick as [champion] Sunlight (Zoustar) on occasions. Sadly, injury has prevented him from fulfilling that ability,” noted his trainer Tony McEvoy. Sun City will stand for $7,700, alongside Champion First Season Sire Sidestep ($16,500) and dual hemisphere Gr1 winner Jungle Cat ($13,200). Telemon principal Dan Fletcher noted of the GST inclusive fees, “We’re confident we have found the right balance. The fees we have set are a reflection of the quality of our stallions whilst recognising the current difficult economic conditions”.

    Sun City

    Sun City was a high class 2YO (pic:
  • Waller Sidesteps Coolmore with Funstar

    Tue, 10 Mar 2020

    In what is actually a great fillip for racing fans, trainer Chris Waller will likely sidestep Saturday’s Gr1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens with magnificent 3YO filly Funstar. According to AAP, the daughter of Adelaide will probably renew her growing rivalry with New Zealand’s champion female sophomore Probabeel in the Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) for 3YO fillies, run at level weights. That there is almost nothing splitting the duo was in evidence when Funstar – first up – was nabbed late by a flying Probabeel in the recent Gr1 Surround Stakes. "Funstar will go to the Phar Lap. It's been a good race to us and it's a nice stepping stone for my horses,” noted trainer Chris Waller. If you run her in the Coolmore, it's running against the mares and I just don't think she's quite ready for it.” Waller added, "It's not to say we wouldn't run her in a Doncaster later in the prep but I want to stick to my guns and run her in the Phar Lap, the Vinery and then make a decision after that." Funstar will also have company from her own stable, with Waller advising Nudge and Subpoenaed will both be nominated too.


    Probabeel and Funstar are great rivals (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Alligator Blood As Fit As Needs Be

    Fri, 13 Dec 2019

    Meanwhile, prenounced Magic Millions 3YO Guineas favourite Alligator Blood has sufficient fitness on his side ahead of Saturday's Listed Golde Edition Plate at Eagle Farm. According to, the son of Vinery's Champion 3YO All Too Hard has been kept up to the mark since being arguably the unluckiest loser ever of the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, nailed as he was right on the post in freakish circumstances. His Sunshine Coast-based trainer David Vandyke revealed, "He's forward enough to win as he only had two weeks off after the Caulfield Guineas. I've got the Vo Rogue pencilled in for him next start but I might sidestep it and give him a barrier trial instead." Concerned about the potential impact of current heat and humidity, Vandyke is being careful not to knock Alligator Blood around ahead of the Magic Millions meeting, especially as he is also eyeing the $7.5 million All Star Mile with the exciting 3YO.

    Alligator Blood

    Alligator Blood (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Blondeau Favourite In ATC Maiden 2YO Plate

    Wed, 11 Dec 2019

    Debutant Blondeau (I Am Invincible-Bit of Cheek, by More Than Ready) will start $2.70 favourite in the ATC TAB Long May We Play Maiden 2YO Plate against a field that includes five horses have their first start. Trials placed Blondeau sold for $360,000 to Chris Waller Racing at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale back in January 2019. Blondeau finished second in his most recent trial behind Belieber (Zoustar-Sense and Reason, by Exceed and Excel) who had previously run fourth in the Gr3 Breeders Plate at Randwick. Punters are also interested in the unraced Godolphin owned Oregon Trail (Sidestep-Klamath Falls, by Storm Cat) at $5, who has trialled twice, most recently for a second behind Britain (Snitzel-London Lolly, by Charge Forward). Two horses are at $6.50 in the betting – being Found Our Thrill (Vancouver-Blueberry Hill, by Myboycharlie) who was fourth on debut and Galactic Fury (Street Boss-Buratti, by Exceed and Excel) who has placed twice in three starts. Found Our Thrill was a $240,000 yearling at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The $1.4million yearling King's Legacy (Redoute's Choice-Breakfast in Bed, by Hussonet) has been priced by punters as a $14 chance. The other debutants are $200,000 yearling Aim (Star Witness-Vintage Strike, by Smart Strike), and $200,000 yearling Desert Flame (Pride of Dubai-Daisy Lane, by Not a Single Doubt).

  • TBNSW Awards Raise Crucial Funds For Charity

    Fri, 27 Sep 2019

    The Australian Turf Club hosted over 500 guests in a joint event with Thoroughbred Breeders’ NSW and the National Jockeys Trust at Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes day at Royal Randwick. The event raised much-needed funds for the charity while presentations were made to the winners of the 2019 NSW Breeders Awards. TBNSW President Stuart Lamont introduced the awards, with winners presented by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and partnered sponsors including Goldners Horse Transport, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, and with assistance from the ATC and IRT. Key awards, and their respective winners, included:

    • The Goldners Horse Transport NSW Small Breeder Of The Year was the late Noel Leckie who bred three Group and Listed Winners in the 2018-19 Season, Houtzen, Most Important and Voodoo Lad. Accepting the award was Noel’s wife Julie Leckie, who said the award honoured his lifelong passion for racing and would have been Noel’s proudest moment in thoroughbred breeding.
    • The Horsepower NSW Champion First Season Sire was won by Sidestep (Exceed and Excel) who stood his first season for Darley Australia at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley of NSW. That season produced 21 runners and 6 winners of 10 races. Sidestep’s top stakes-winner was Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, also bred by Darley, with his overall progeny earnings totalling over $2.5 million. Godolphin’s Kelvinside Stud Manager Barley Ward-Thomas proudly accepted the award for the Darley Stallions’ team, while Dan Fletcher was also in attendance, the owner of Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds where Sidestep currently stands.
    • The G1 Goldmine NSW Champion Broodmare of The Year award was accepted by Arrowfield Stud’s Alison Brassil for the deeds of St Therese (Dehere). Bred by Segenhoe Stud, and a stakes-winner of $234,000 herself, St Therese produced two group one winners in the past season at Arrowfield. Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile) won the 2018 ATC Spring Champion Stakes and Castelvecchio (Dundeel) the 2019 ATC Champagne Stakes. Sadly St Therese died recently at her Peppertree Farm base but Damien Kirwan and his team were left with a healthy filly foal.
    • The HQ Insurance NSW Champion Sire award was presented to Arrowfield Stud for their three-time Champion Australian Sire, Snitzel. The son of Redoute’s Choice was also Champion Australian Sire for worldwide earnings the past two years. In the last racing season, Snitzel sired 346 runners for 180 winners of 290 races. With progeny earnings of over $24 million his top money earner, dual The Everest Champion, NSW-bred, Redzel was supported by many other stakes-winner throughout the year.
  • Heather Hoping Lightning Can Strike Twice

    Tue, 6 Aug 2019

    With nominations now in place for the 2020 Longines Golden Slipper, every owner and breeder can be forgiven for daydreaming about Australia’s most coveted juvenile prize. Among them is Telemon general manager Joe Heather who is hoping lightning can strike twice for resident Champion Freshman Sire Sidestep (Exceed and Excel), also leading First Season Sire in France. He revealed, “This time last year we were eagerly anticipating reports about Sidestep’s first crop and I remember looking up the Slipper nominations when they came out.” Sidestep had just 5 of 2500 entries, yet was still able to overcome astronomical odds when his dashing daughter Kiamichi won the Slipper. Standing at Telemon for $22,000, this season Sidestep will, for the first time in his fledgling career, have a large, high-quality harem of mares. Heather admits the modern breeding landscape dictates that weight of numbers can be what keeps a horse in the headlines. Whilst his rising young star has given away a significant head-start to his peers in that regard, he is confident that in the long term Sidestep will rise to the very top. “There’s simply not as many Sidestep runners compared to his competitors,” acknowledges Heather. “To give you one example, Deep Field, who is a horse we have a lot of respect for from a great farm, has covered 860-odd mares, whereas Sidestep is at just over 300 at the same point in their careers. So from our point of view we’re measuring their progress by different benchmarks.” Heather says, “When we look behind the raw numbers, we believe we have the most exciting young stallion in the country.” That’s corroborated by Darley’s strong support of Sidestep in the forthcoming season. Looking ahead to next year’s Golden Slipper, Heather accepts the status quo: “We’re giving away another big start because of his numbers. Ironically this time around he’s found himself with six nominations, one more than last year.” One of those is a promising Godolphin youngster named Oregon Trail, giving Heather hope that lightning really could strike twice.


    Kiamichi wins the Golden Slipper (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Telemon Celebrates First Season Sire Title

    Fri, 2 Aug 2019

    Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds paused on Thursday to toast their Champion First Season sire Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame). The young son of Exceed And Excel adds the honour to his title of Champion 2YO Colt of  2013, and joins an illustrious group which, in preceding years, includes Zoustar (2018), Pierro (2017), Smart Missile (2016), Hinchinbrook (2015), I Am Invincible (2014) and Northern Meteor (2013). Sidestep’s first crop was headlined by multiple stakes winner Kiamichi, winner of the Gr1 Golden Slipper and Gr3 Magic Night Stakes, becoming the first sire since Stratum to sire a Golden Slipper winner in his first crop. Sidestep is currently a runaway leader on the First Season Sires table in France. Should he prevail as a dual hemisphere Champion First Season sire, it will be a history-making feat. Thoroughbreds which will stand him for a second season on its Queensland roster under an arrangement with Darley, with Telemon General Manager Joe Heather commenting, “Sidestep has enjoyed plenty of rest and relaxation in recent months, and after a few celebratory carrots today, will set his mind to easily his largest and highest quality book of mares yet.” Telemon principal Dan Fletcher said, “We are so proud of what Sidestep has achieved. He has given us an amazing start at Telemon as well as justified the faith in him from Darley and those breeders that have sent mares to him across his first four years at stud. It is a coup for the Queensland breeding industry and a privilege for our farm to have another champion stallion in our ranks.”

    Joe Heather and Sidestep

    Joe Heather gets a don't argue from Sidestep
  • Godolphin The Everest Hopefuls To Trial

    Thu, 18 Jul 2019

    The Everest racing fans ought to pay close attention to the trials at Rosehill on Friday, with Godolphin sending around several of their rising sprint stars, reports Among the horses nominated for a spin around the track are Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi (Sidestep) who runs at 8.15am against the older horses including Gr1 winners Alizee (Sepoy), Avilius (Pivotal), Best of Days (Azamour), and punter's favourite Hartnell (Authorized). Magic Millions winner Exhilarates (Snitzel) and other Godolphin rising 3YOs Athiri (Lonhro), Flit (Medaglia d'Oro), Pin Sec (Lonhro), La Tene (Helmet) and Bivouac (Exceed and Excel) will all go around later in the morning in different 2YO trials. Trial fields can be found HERE.

  • Not a Penny Spent by Excess Funds

    Thu, 11 Jul 2019

    Juvenile Excess Funds (Rubick-Save A Penny, by Exceed and Excel) secured a strong victory at Sandown on Wednesday, taking the first step of trainer Levi Kavanagh’s plan for him. According to, the colt’s next hurdle will likely be the Listed Lightning Stakes in Adelaide on July 27, before moving on to better 3YO sprints in the approaching Spring Carnival. On debut in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington in Feburary, Excess Funds proved very competitive, taking out fourth place behind the winner Microphone, subsequently runner-up in the Golden Slipper and winner of the Gr1 Sires’ Produce Stakes. As a part of his plan for the colt, Kavanagh gave Excess Funds a spell, and the horse did not disappoint on return, winning his first-up start by over 2-lengths. Kavanagh noted, "I've got him back a little bit earlier to try to win a couple of races with him as a 2YO, if possible…and the ideal plan has always been for the 3YO prep." Kavanagh added, "Excess Funds has come on a bit from his last preparation. He just had the one run last preparation and in the final stages of that race showed signs of immaturity… he has come back stronger and a lot better off. I have left a bit of improvement in the tank with him. If he pulls up well and everything is right with him we'll probably go to Adelaide in a couple of weeks for the Lightning.” Mockery was second in Wednesday’s race after also returning from a spell, and her trainer John McArdle suggested she could also be aimed at the Lightning Stakes second-up. The victory by Excess Funds moved his beautifully-bred sire Rubick (Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube, by Rock of Gibraltar) up to third on the First Season Sire's table behind Sidestep and Better Than Ready).


    Rubick has made a great start at stud (pic: Steve Hart)
  • I Am Invincible Tops Golden Slipper Noms

    Wed, 10 Jul 2019

    A total of 2,435 horses have been nominated for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds – the $3.5 million Gr1 Longines Golden Slipper Stakes – to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 21 March 2020, reports Racing NSW. The number of first entries for the sixty-fourth running of the iconic race is the second highest in the event’s history. Stables from across Australia and New Zealand have nominated large numbers led by Ciaron Maher Racing with 133 entries. Other leading trainers and stables with the largest number of nominations include David & B Hayes & T Dabernig with 125, Chris Waller Racing (97), James Cummings for Godolphin (91), Peter and Paul Snowden Racing (85), Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (81), Tony McEvoy (69), Mick Price Racing & Breeding (66), Hawkes Racing (65), Aquis Farm Pty Ltd (59) and Kris Lees (55) Meanwhile, sires with most first nominations include I Am Invincible (115), Written Tycoon (97), Snitzel (94), Sebring (80), Zoustar (76), Vancouver (74), Deep Field (69), Not A Single Doubt (67), Fastnet Rock (59), Exceed and Excel (57) and More Than Ready (53). Last year’s Golden Slipper was won by Kiamichi, sired by Telemon Thoroughbreds stallion Sidestep, standing in conjunction with Darley.

  • Telemon's Sidestep Short Odds For Title

    Wed, 3 Jul 2019

    Sidestep (Exceed and Excel) stood at Darley for $11,000 in 2015 and will easily win the Australian First Season Sires' Championship thanks to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi (Sidestep-Ouachita, by Canny Lad) and Listed winner Real Appeal (Sidestep-Runaway Sparkle, by Green Desert). Sidestep moved to Telemon Stud in Queensland last season and has had a fee increase to $22,000, with breeders who used him last year eligible for preferential terms as a thank you for their support. Sidestep is the first first-season stallion to sire a Golden Slipper winner since Stratum sired Crystal Lily (2010 winner). Better Than Ready (More Than Ready) is in second place with progeny earnings of over $1.8 million and leads the stakes winner tally with three individual juvenile stakes-winners this season. Third and fourth place on the chart is tight, with less than $22,000 of progeny earnings separating Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) and Deep Field (Northern Meteor).


    Sidestep will win the First Season Sires premiership (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Australian Links At Upcoming London Goffs Sale

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019

    On the eve of the commencement of this year's famed Royal Ascot carnival, Goffs will hold their London sale on the grounds of Kensington Palace, with a select catalogue of 22 racehorses and mares. With quite a few having an Australian connection through either their sire or pedigree, any Australian trainers over for the Ascot meeting are sure to be in attendance. Five of the catalogued horses in training are by Australian-based sires; Rosemont Stud's Starspangledbanner as well as Darley's Epaulette and Telemon Thoroughbred's Sidestep, sire of this year's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. With many of the racehorses carrying entries to stakes races during the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting, it is an added incentive for buyers aiming to secure race ready stock. Past or present shuttle stallions to Australia, the likes of American Pharoah, Cable Bay, Dream Ahead, Poet's Voice, Dubawi and New Approach are all represented, but an interesting offering is one of the three mares: Lot 15, Simsimah, the Poet's Voice half-sister to Gr1 Investec Derby runner up Madhmoon, being sold with a cover to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Expert Eye and with a filly foal at foot by Aquis Farm's Divine Prophet, whose first crop Australian weanlings have sold up to $205,000 at the recent Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

  • Longbottom Aiming To Repay Owners

    Thu, 30 May 2019

    A few days after an ownership change due to being sold on the opening day of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, 2YO filly Longbottom has accepted to contest this Saturday’s Listed Oxlade Stakes (1200m) at Doomben. Purchased for $140,000 by new owners Australian Bloodstock from the draft of Kitchwin Hills, the daughter of Telemon Thoroughbred’s Exceed And Excel stallion Sidestep, sire of this year’s Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, was originally trained by the Scone-based Brett Cavanough. Last seen in action when second as the race favourite in the Inglis 2YO Challenge at Scone off the back off two race wins at Muswellbrook and Eagle Farm, the promising filly has drawn barrier three in the 12 horse field with Brenton Avdulla to ride. Although the first place prizemoney of $72,500 would only go half way to recouping her purchase price, a black type update to her pedigree would be invaluable.

  • High Quality For MM Broodmare Supplementary

    Mon, 20 May 2019

    The catalogue for the star-studded 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale has been enhanced with a quality-packed supplementary released. Featuring 51 lots, the supplementary catalogue includes 20 race fillies and maiden mares, one stallion, seven stallion nominations and 20 broodmares. Highlights among the newly catalogued lots include Erato, the young dam of this year's Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre (covered by Russian Revolution) as well as the dams of Gr1 winner Leicester (Fastnet Rock) and explosive sprinter Invincible Star (I Am Invincible). Among the new race fillies and maiden mares are stakes performers I'll Have a Bit, Ellicazoom, Prom Queen, Everyday Lady, Snogging, Marcellina, Million, Problem Solver, Bubbles'n'troubles, Indrabeel and Plucky Girl. The seven stallion nominations to Capitalist, Dundeel, Encryption, Hellbent, Mendelssohn, Press Statement and Sidestep are being sold with all proceeds to injured jockey Tye Angland. Blue blooded stallion prospect The Taj Mahal is yet another feature of the supplementary for the auction. All of the new lots are now included in the online catalogue and via Equineline for iPad users. To download the PDF catalogue CLICK HERE. The 2019 Gold Coast National Sale commences on Wednesday with Day-1 of the National Weanling Sale commencing at 10am.


    The dam of Lyre is among the supplementary entries (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Surreal Step Promise Adds To Sidestep Hype

    Thu, 16 May 2019

    Champion 2YO colt of his year Sidestep (Exceed and Excel) has made a dream start to his stud career with Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi rocketing him to the top of the First Season Sires Table and behind only heavyweights I Am Invincible ($247,500) and Snitzel ($220,000) in the 2YO Sires Premiership. As the 2019 service fee picture takes shape, Telemon’s decision, in conjunction with Darley, to price its star stallion at $22,000 looks increasingly good value. “We’re comfortable with where we’ve priced him,” said Telemon Thoroughbreds GM Joe Heather of Sidestep who appears to have another boom youngster waiting in the wings. In addition to his four individual winners (three winning on debut), Surreal Step is currently spelling ahead of what Lindsay Park expects will be a big Spring. “David and Ben Hayes are raving about Surreal Step,” said Heather. “We chatted about him at the Easter Sales and they are adamant he’s a Group horse.” Heather made an interesting observation about Sidestep relative to other leading 2YO sires: “You have to remember a lot of his competitors have syndicates behind them and, when a relatively limited number of nominations are available, it becomes a question of supply and demand. For breeders outside of those syndicates, it becomes expensive to access some of those horses. We believe Sidestep is exceptional value.”


    Champion 2YO colt and now leading 2YO sire Sidestep (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Champagne Classic A Solid Pointer To Future Success

    Fri, 10 May 2019

    With an honour roll which includes high-class performers Zousain, Tangled, Winning Rupert, Brazen Beau, Sizzling, Free Wheeling, Pressday, Gold Edition and Virage de Fortune, the winner of Saturday’s Gr2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben racecourse is likely to go on with it during the rest of their career. Often used as a stepping stone to the Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) over the coming weeks, this year’s field doesn’t scream high quality just yet, but come the end of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, the cream will have risen to the top. Carrying the No. 1 saddle cloth is the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Dubious (Not A Single Doubt), a winner of the Gr3 Breeders’ Plate on debut, before second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic two starts later followed by third in the Gr2 Todman Stakes. Having not raced since his only unplaced run in five starts, when finishing down the track in the Gr1 Golden Slipper behind Kiamichi (Sidestep), Dubious did accept for last week in the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial at the Gold Coast, but was withdrawn due to the heavy track conditions. Although Dubious is currently the race favourite, there has been solid support for Stuart Kendrick’s unbeaten Jagged Edge, with the last start Listed Dalrello Stakes winner one of three black-type winners for his first crop sire Better Than Ready, the Lyndhurst Stud-based stallion who leads on 16 individual juvenile winners, five clear of Newgate Farm’s Deep Field.


    Dubious (right) won the Gr3 Breeders Plate (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Star Gr1 Sprinter To Stand At Telemon Stud

    Thu, 2 May 2019

    Queensland’s Telemon Thorougbreds has pulled off a major coup via their relationship with Darley by securing dual international Godolphin Gr1 winner Jungle Cat (Ifraaj-Mike’s Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) to stand at stud. The fastest son of the globally successful stallion Ifraaj (Zafonic) will be offered in his first Southern Hemisphere season at an introductory fee of $12,000 (plus GST). Trained by Charlie Appleby, Jungle Cat achieved Gr1 success in the 2018 Al Quoz Sprint (WFA) over 1200m in Dubai and the 2018 Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m (HCP) as top weight. The Danehill-free debutant will join Champion 2YO Sidestep in 2019 after the latter sired this year’s Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. Trainer Charlie Appleby stated: “He’s a model of consistency at the top level and a straightforward horse to train, good minded and very sound.” Telemon Thoroughbreds owner Dan Fletcher said: “We are delighted and humbled to be entrusted with such a high calibre young stallion. He is a genuinely elite, multiple Gr1-winning sprinter with a pedigree which is particularly enticing given the prevailing genetics of our mare population.” Alastair Pulford, Head of Sales at Darley said: “Darley and Telemon already have a young but successful relationship with Golden Slipper winning sire Sidestep. We are delighted to be giving Queensland breeders access to another top stallion prospect in Jungle Cat. His Australian form is easy to relate to and he represents a great sire line. We are very confident the Queensland breeders will have great success with him.”

    Jungle Cat

    Jungle Cat wins the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Cummings Backs Up Slipper Trio

    Wed, 3 Apr 2019

    Trainer James Cummings has accepted with three runners in this Saturday's Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick, backing up the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes one - two of Kiamichi (Sidestep) and Microphone (Exceed And Excel), as well as the previously unbeaten Tenley (Medaglia d'Oro) who disappointed in the Slipper after starting the second favourite. Outside of the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained pair of Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) and the fourth placed Loving Gaby (I Am Invincible), who both started in the Slipper, the races sees a new influx of juveniles who look to make the race interesting for the favoured runners. Richard Litt's Castelvecchio (Dundeel), a winner of the Inglis Millennium before a closing third to Microphone in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes joins Jamie Richard's New Zealand filly Probabeel (Savabeel), a winner of the Karaka Million where Dundeel gelding Yourdeel finished in third, before he went on to win twice at Gr1 level from his next three starts. Last Saturday's impressive Gr3 The Schweppervescence winner Bellevue Hill backs up and with a distinct liking for a wet track, the son of Pierro could give trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott success in the $1 million race.


    Microphone (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Cummings Looking To Add To Juvenile Stakes Tally

    Thu, 28 Mar 2019

    Experiencing a tremendous season with their juveniles, trainer James Cummings looks capable of adding Saturday's Gr3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens with the in-form filly Le Trene. A daughter of multiple Gr1 winner Helmet, Le Trene comes into the race off a narrow victory in the Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington where she defeated Dalakhani colt Dalasan. Although drawing the outside barrier in the 11-horse field on Saturday, Cummings is confident of another forward showing for the Godolphin-bred and raced filly. "She's thrived over the past fortnight and will be strong again," stated Cummings. "The filly is still on the way up and her attitude hasn't waned since she fended of all-comers in the Sires Produce in Melbourne." After training the quinella in last week's Gr1 Golden Slipper with Kiamichi (Sidestep) and Microphone (Exceed And Excel), Cummings won't be on course on Saturday as he has headed to Dubai for the World Cup meeting where he will proudly present the Golden Slipper trophy to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.