One of Australia’s most exciting young stallions, Sidestep will be crowned Champion First Season Sire and currently sits third in the general 2YO Sires list.
The Group 1 Golden Slipper victory of Kiamichi is the highlight of a season that also sees him head the first season standings in France having shuttled there upon his racetrack retirement.
Sidestep’s performance in the breeding barn is emulating his performance on the track. He was Champion 2YO Colt of his year and is the only champion 2YO colt by Exceed And Excel, one of Australia’s very best stallions and the most successful sire of juvenile stakes winners in the world.
In a continuing arrangement with Darley, Sidestep will stand the current season at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds at a fee of $22,000 including GST with his offspring eligible for the lucrative QTIS bonus scheme.
Telemon General Manager Joe Heather said Sidestep boasts all the attributes to be a QTIS sensation. “It takes a special horse to fight out a Golden Slipper and Sidestep not only had the ability to do that himself, he’s proven he can pass that ability on. He’s the perfect QTIS horse,” he said.
Telemon owner Dan Fletcher outlined why he believes Sidestep remains exceptional value.
“There’s only a handful of active stallions that have sired a Slipper winner and their average fee is over $85,000,” he said. “Most of them are becoming aged so to have a young horse of his calibre at such an affordable fee has grabbed everyone’s attention.”
The sire of Sidestep, Exceed And Excel, remains the pre-eminent source of two-year-old speed in global racing, responsible for over 160 stakes winners and prizemoney in excess of a staggering $175 million.
Sidestep is the most brilliant member of an esteemed female family. His dam Dextrous is a multiple group winner as well as two-time winner and group performer as a 2yo and has produced three individual Group 1 performers.
Sidestep (2nd to filly Overreach) continues the remarkable record of the Golden Slipper as a sire-making contest. He joins an illustrious list that includes Choisir (3rd), Charge Forward (2nd) and Hinchinbrook (4th) as colts that were not bettered by another colt in their renewal of the race to go on to stud success.
Sidestep is the first stallion since Stratum (7 Gr1 winners / 41 SW) in 2010 and the only other stallion this century to sire a Golden Slipper winner in his first crop.
Given he trained on as a 3yo to defeat Group 1 winners Bounding and Chautauqua in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes, breeders should be optimistic Sidestep’s stellar first crop will continue to progress into their 3yo season and beyond.
|EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|WATCH YOUR STEP|
|QUEST FOR FAME (GB)|
|RAINBOW QUEST |
|I WILL FOLLOW|
|MANY HANDS (AUS)|
|HANDY PROVERB |
Sidestep 1-2-3 Results
|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
Heather Hoping Lightning Can Strike TwiceTue, 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 TitleFri, 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 gets a don't argue from Sidestep
Godolphin The Everest Hopefuls To TrialThu, 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 racing.com. 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 FundsThu, 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 skyracing.com.au, 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 NomsWed, 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 TitleWed, 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 SaleThu, 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 OwnersThu, 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 SupplementaryMon, 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 HypeThu, 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 SuccessFri, 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 StudThu, 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 wins the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
Cummings Backs Up Slipper TrioWed, 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 TallyThu, 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.
Sidestep Fee Set At $22,000 For 2019 SeasonThu, 28 Mar 2019
Sidestep, the sire of Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Kiamichi, will remain at Telemon Thoroughbreds in Queensland for the 2019 breeding season under an existing arrangement with Darley. Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) will stand at Telemon at a fee of $22,000 including GST in 2019, and be eligible for the lucrative QTIS scheme. Telemon General Manager Joe Heather explained the decision to announce Sidestep's fee early: "We've been absolutely inundated with support for Sidestep since Saturday, and we want to be able to give our clients certainty regarding their mating plans for 2019." Darley Stallions Head of Sales, Alastair Pulford, commented: "We couldn't be more delighted to have one of the most exciting young stallions in the country positioned to work with a Queensland mare population renowned for producing great 2YO results."
Sidestep is proving a great fillip for Queensland (pic: Steve Hart)
Kiamichi Wins Gr1 Golden SlipperMon, 25 Mar 2019
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, there were extraordinary scenes when the mighty Godolphin blue army put the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper field to the sword, filling the first three placings. Godolphin’s former Champion 2YO and Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) who now stands at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds, had the main honour when the least fancied of the Cummings runners, filly Kiamichi (Sidestep-Ouachita, by Canny Lad) made the Slipper all her own, defeating stablemate colt Microphone and the Anthony Freedman-trained Godolphin-owned Blue Diamond winner and fellow filly Lyre. Having displayed very good form at Rosehill in the lead-ups including a top-notch Magic Night Stakes win, Kiamichi skipped clear in the straight and refused to lie down in the taxing conditions. Cummings pointed out that Kiamichi was the stable’s first 2YO winner of the season, and that while she mightn’t have been the pick of the public, what matters on the day is which 2YO is prepared to tough it out. The win improved Kiamichi’s record to 3 wins and a placing from 5 starts for $2,205,850 in earnings.
No Precious Wines In Cellar For CummingsMon, 25 Mar 2019
Godolphin head-trainer James Cummings, who will personally present the Gr1 Golden Slipper trophy for Kiamichi’s victory to Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai, was given sage advice by European trainer John Gosden at a yearling sale after he joined the global thoroughbred powerhouse, reports racing.com. Analogous to the sommelier for whom all bottles in the cellar are simply treated as wine irrespective of cost or vintage once laid down, Cummings was advised to simply treat every yearling on its merits, i.e. worth $20,000 even if knocked down for a million. It’s a lesson he took on board and has passed on to his staff who handle the plethora of young horses that come through the stable, some worth, on paper, a king’s ransom, others less so. It’s relative advice nonetheless as there are few Darley-bred or purchased horses that don’t have a quality pedigree page. Saturday’s Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi was sired by one of Darley’s lesser-priced stallions at the time, albeit Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep had himself been crowned Champion 2YO of Australia, and Kiamichi’s dam is a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Denman and a full-sibling to Gr1 VRC Sires Produce winner Preserve.
Damian Lane & James Cummings with the Golden Slipper Trophy (pic: Steve Hart)
Golden Slipper: Godolphin Thoughts On All RunnersThu, 21 Mar 2019
Just days away from saddling up at least six, and possibly seven, Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) runners at Rosehill Gardens, Godolphin head trainer James Cummings has issued the below thoughts on each of his runners (in alphabetical order), as well as their respective cap colours to distinguish themselves from the traditional blue cap. Thoughts on Lyre are from Sam Freedman.
- BIVOUAC (AUS) - 2YO Colt by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Dazzler (AUS) (Pink cap) – First Emergency: “He’s on the cusp of gaining a start and on the cusp of greatness. He’s a colt who will revel in the conditions and he could be forgiven for fading on his run last time after being wide throughout.”
- EXHILARATES (AUS) - 2YO Filly by Snitzel (AUS) out of Samaready (AUS) (Green cap): “She beat all but her flying stablemate in her fresh-up return run in the Reisling. I expect to see improvement coming out of that run which I feel has put her physically in a very good place for what is a monumental assignment. We know she has the mental fortitude to cope with the occasion and there is something to be said for again having such a successful horse and jockey combination (Kerrin McEvoy).”
- KIAMICHI (AUS) - 2YO Filly by Sidestep (AUS) out of Ouachita (AUS) (Yellow cap): “She brings a wonderful Rosehill record into the Golden Slipper, arriving here on the back of her determined wet-track victory in the Gr3 Magic Night. Her debut victory back in November hinted at the strength she possesses and she’s a filly who is capable of bringing that quality into the Slipper on what seems likely to be another wet track.” Kiamichi was our first 2YO winner of the season, so she’s come a long way.”
- LYRE (AUS) - 2YO Filly by Lonhro (AUS) out of Erato (AUS) (White cap) – Sam Freedman, on how she handled the Sydney direction in her trial: "She works that direction at the farm pretty much every morning so we weren't too worried about that. We were hopeful that she would probably appreciate a little give in the track and Luke Currie was raving about her and said she seemed to love the ground (in the trial). And again this morning (Wednesday) she galloped on the course proper at Randwick, worked with a mate and went past like it was standing still. So I think that the ground is not going to be an issue. She seems to be thriving at the moment.”
- MICROPHONE (AUS) - 2YO Colt by Exceed And Excel (AUS) out of Sung (AUS) (Blue cap): “He has the strength about him that allows him to absorb what he’s been asked to do and still be at his best for the Golden Slipper. He’s thrived since his G2 Skyline victory and I feel that he’s going to be suited by the three-week break into another high-pressure race.”
- PIN SEC (AUS) - 2YO Filly by Lonhro (AUS) out of Moderate (AUS) (Black cap): “She obliterated her opponents in the G3 Black Opal a fortnight ago and arrives here fitter second up. As a veteran of only two race starts she showed determination to get up and win from a difficult position. With a wet track likely, we like the fact that she is a Lonhro filly from a daughter of Commands, which has been shown to be a successful formula for rain-affected going.”
- TENLEY (AUS) - 2YO Filly by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) out of Fratianne (AUS) (Red cap): “The exciting thing about Tenley is not only that she is undefeated in three starts, but that her best win came in the G2 Reisling Stakes two weeks ago. She steps up to 1200m for the first time and she looks as though she’ll excel at the extra trip against more testing opposition. There’s plenty of depth about her that will allow her to enjoy a fast-run Golden Slipper.”
Kiamichi Wins Gr3 Magic Night StakesMon, 18 Mar 2019
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In Sydney, at Rosehill, Godolphin’s former Champion 2YO and Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) who stands at Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds, celebrated his first stakes success when 2YO filly Kiamichi (Sidestep-Ouachita, by Canny Lad) scored a courageous 1.5 length-victory for trainer James Cummings in the $175,000 Gr3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs. Defeating fillies Crystal Falls & Athiri, the precocious daughter of Sidestep jumped to the lead under jockey Damian Lane and stayed there, an onerous task in such testing conditions - proving herself and providing a coup for Godolphin who now have up to seven runners in the Gr1 Golden Slipper next Saturday. Kiamichi today improved her record to 2 wins and a placing from 4 starts, of which her last was a very respectable 2.5-lengths-beaten into fourth in the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, for a total of $204,850 in earnings. Kiwi raider Probabeel lost no friends in the conditions after getting well back and running home nicely, suggesting Randwick's Gr1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) will be a better fit for her.
Kiamichi qualified for the Gr1 Golden Slipper (pic: Steve Hart)
Encouraging Signs For First Sidestep 2YOsWed, 12 Sep 2018
Queensland’s Telemon Thoroughbreds is approaching both the new stud and early 2YO races with a fair degree of excitement. Standing Godolphin’s Champion 2YO Sidestep (Exceed and Excel-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame), who spent his first three seasons on the Darley roster, has given the new operation a strong platform from which to grow. As a Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up by Exceed and Excel, who is renowned for providing his progeny with precocity, Sidestep’s stallions’ pedigree suggested his runners would come early. So far so good, with One Step (Hawkesbury) and Kaihi (Gold Coast) both looking like smart juvenile prospects who have impressed Telemon general manager Joe Heather. “It’s really encouraging to see a couple show up in the early trials,” enthused Heather. “We keep hearing positive feedback about how well the Sidesteps are shaping up, and to see that both to be produced in public have lovely actions and are doing everything right at this early stage is pleasing.” Sidestep, whose half-brothers include Gr1 performers Skilled and Ambidexter, is standing the 2018 season for $7,700.
Champion 2YO Sidestep (pic: Steve Hart)