x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Sepoy charge on the cards over the coming months

The horse will run in Australia before a likelihood of competing with Black Caviar, the world's best sprinter, in the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 31.

The connections behind Sepoy issued an upbeat report on their burgeoning star on Wednesday ahead of his final race in Australia and a trip to Europe via Meydan Racecourse.

The four-year-old sprinter, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will limber up for the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield racecourse on February 25 with a trial run at Flemington racecourse in eight days time.

Sepoy will then ship to Dubai where he could potentially clash with Black Caviar, the world's best sprinter, in the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 31 and according to Paul Snowden, son and assistant to the trainer Peter, the colt has grown significantly over the Australian winter.

"He's looks really well and he's matured a lot into a massive horse," Snowden said. "You can see how much bigger and stronger he is and there's no doubt his raw ability is still very much there."

Sepoy's career trajectory may be forever in the shadow of Black Caviar, as the superstar mare racked up her 17th consecutive win last week, but Sepoy won nine of his 10 starts in 2011 and was rated one of the best three-year-old sprinters of all time last month.

Sepoy will be joined in Dubai by stablemate Helmet, also owned by Sheikh Mohammed, but the triple Group 1 winner will have three more races in Australia, including the Australian Guineas in March before running in the UAE Derby on World Cup night.

"Helmet had a nice solid jump-out last Friday," Snowden said.

"We're happy with the way he's progressing towards his return [in the Hayes' Stakes] in a couple of weeks."

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