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Stallion Careers "Up For Grabs" For 2 Darley Colts
Meanwhile Darley Australia "is readying itself for a big few weeks in Melbourne, with rich Gr1 races up for grabs & the chance for 2 home-bred colts to seal their futures as stallions," reported The Age. On Saturday, unbeaten Elusive Quality colt Sepoy "will take his place as the hottest Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes favourite for at least 20 years & 7 days later Bullbars, another colt by the US-bred stallion, will contest the Gr1 Australian Guineas following his impressive Gr3 Hayes Stakes win at Flemington" last weekend. Darley Australia managing director Henry Plumptre confirmed: "Two of the main philosophies we have are to breed colts that go on & stand at stud here in Australia, as well as developing horses to send back to Sheikh Mohammed to race under the Godolphin banner. So the performances of Sepoy & Bullbars in coming weeks are very important for Darley." Elusive Quality (who stood 6 seasons in Australia from 2003-2008) is currently in the US & "has a booking to stand next season in South America"; Plumptre said that "instead of bringing him back to stand in Australia, it was hoped some of his sons would take his place" at either the Kelvinside property in the NSW Hunter Valley or at Northwood Park, near Seymour in Victoria.