win of Epaulette in the Group III MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude on the weekend has further
highlighted the fantastic pedigree of new Highview Stud stallion BULLBARS.
His dam line is second to none but it is both sides of his pedigree that are enjoying an amazing run at present.
The winner of four of his seven starts for earnings of $992,150 Epaulette (Commands) is the third foal out of the Singspiel mare Accessories who was bred by Darley and imported to Australia.
Her record to date is nothing short of outstanding having
produced Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed Bullbars (pictured) as her first foal and
Helmet (Exceed And Excel), the multiple Group 1 winner who has just begun stallion duties at a fee of $33,000 at Darley Victoria this season, as her second foal.
"He's still got that habit. When there's something in front of him, he'll chase but once he gets a head in front, that's his job done and he probably idles down a bit," Epaulette's trainer Peter Snowden said after the win.
"It probably took a little bit of the gloss off the win because coming to the corner, it looked like he was going to win quite easily.
"He still did (win easily) but he just hasn't put the sword to the throat yet. Hopefully that comes later on."
Epaulette is still the only horse who has seriously threatened the unbeaten Pierro when he ran the son of Lonhro to a short-half-head in the Group 2 Todman Stakes last season and the two now look certain to meet in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas on October 13.
Clearly among the most elite blue-bloods on his dam side, Bullbars sire ELUSIVE QUALITY is currently enjoying a stellar run also. Currently 11th on the Australian Sires Premiership, Elusive Quality has achieved that position from just 61 runners, 29 less than any horse in the top 10.
And its not just on the premiership he is enjoying success with his four-year-old mare NOCTURNELLE becoming the 80th stakes winner for Elusive Quality when winning the Listed Tibbie Stakes at the recent Newcastle Cup carnival. On recent results,
Elusive Quality looks destined to reach the seldom recorded feat of 100 stakes winners.
Meanwhile in the UK Elusive Quality has produced one of the most exciting twoyear- olds of 2012 with CERTIFY continuing her unbeaten run with victory in theGroup 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket.
Already having won the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at her previous start Certify is now as low as 8-1 for next year's Group 1 English 1000 Guineas. An $80,000 yearling at Keeneland September, Certify is now unbeaten in four starts having won the Group 3 Sweet Solara Stakes and a Newmarket maiden at her first two outings.
Already a multiple Group 1 winner for her sire, ELUSIVE KATE finished second in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes in the last week of September, three quarters of a length behind the Medicean mare Siyouma.
In Singapore, Elusive Quality added further group success to his record when the Australian-bred four-year-old gelding MR BIG scored a 1.25-lengths victory for trainer Michael Freedman in the Group 3 Singapore Garden City Trophy. A $21,000 yearling consigned by Yarraman Park as agent at the 2010 Magic Millions Summer Sale, Mr Big took his record to 9 wins and 8 placings from 17 starts.
In 2011 he won Singapore's Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe, Group 3 Magic Millions Juvenile
Championship, and was runner-up in this year's Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint.
Showing it's just not on the racetrack that Elusive Quality is in rare form, his Darley based son Raven's Pass added to his first crop spoils with STEELER recoding his third win as a two-year-old when taking out the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket in September.
Already having collected black type in the Peter Willett Stakes at Goodwood, STEELER joins GLEAN and LOVELY PASS as first crop black type performers for Raven's Pass.
The sire line received further news during the week with plans for Champion Australian two-year-old Sepoy to shuttle to Darley's base in the UK in 2013 once he finishes his full book of mares at Darley NSW where he stands for $66,000.
BULLBARS is standing his first season at Highview Stud in Hamilton at a fee of NZ$7,500. Limited lifetime breeding rights are still available at NZ$11,000.
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