Rioli (NZ)




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GENDERCOLTTRAINERROBERT SMERDON
SIRESEPOYSHARESSOLD
DAMOUR TIGRESSSHARE PRICE:5% $10,500 10% $21,000
MANAGED BYCHAMPION VICTORIA

This colt was a highly rated colt on our cardio and genetic testing and it shows in his physique. He is a strong bodied, sprinter type with a good action when he parades and a great hip on him. He is athletic and very masculine with a good attitude to him. During the sales week he seemed to improve each time we saw him and he handled the pressure of the week without any problem. Being a first true test for a young horse, we felt he handled the pressure easily which is a good sign going forward. Being by a second season sire we felt he was good value. Last year we couldn't get near Sepoy's progeny as they averaged $286,000, however being second season the focus now shifts to the next group, meaning that we can acquire a good physical type by these previously superior horses on the track which Sepoy clearly was, in fact he was the best of his class.

This colt was bred by Blandford Lodge in NZ who have a reputation for producing high quality thoroughbreds that run well and remain sound. Think Criterion, Lucia Valentina, Pasadena Girl, Macedonian, and Mon Soliel.

Obviously Sepoy needs little introduction. He was Champion 2yo and 3yo in Australia having won the Golden Slipper and the Coolmore Stud Stakes, the 2 Gr1 sprints for their respective age groups. This is the second foal out of the mare, with the first foal now a 3yo that is a winner by Starcraft named Starstripe. Starstripe has now won 2 races from 1400m to 1600m and is nominated for the Gr1 NZ Oaks in March. The dam Our Tigress was no slouch herself having won 2 races and being thought highly enough of to be sent from NZ to Melbourne to run where she competed and finished 2nd in the Listed MRC Ladies Day Vase.

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