As Britain’s leading first-season sire by number of individual winners, there was much to celebrate with Sepoy’s first European runners last year.
The multiple G1-winning son of Elusive Quality rounded off the year with 20 individual winners of 24 races for a winners-to-runners strike rate of almost 40%, placing him ahead of such as Frankel, Mayson and Bated Breath, as well as his Darley studmate and G1 sire Helmet.
But it is not just quantity abounding; Sepoy can also boast some serious quality among that first haul of winners who are now being aimed at glittering prizes in 2017.
Dabyah took the eye when winning her maiden at Newmarket on July Cup day and followed up in September with a nine-length annihilation of her rivals in a Newbury conditions over seven furlongs. Those results earned her a tilt at the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac in which she finished a close third to Wuheida (Dubawi).
“Dabyah is a lovely filly who is pleasing me in her work. She is heading for the Fred Darling and then we will decide whether to go for the French or English Guineas,” says trainer John Gosden.