No surprises at the end of the 2011 Danehill Stakes with Sepoy proving far too good for his rivals as he strode to victory across the 1200m straight at Flemington Racecourse.
Odds on favourite backers probably never broke a sweat as he jumped to an easy lead alongside Unique Quality early on and continued to travel on the bit as the others were being hard ridden behind him.
To be fair once Kerrin McEvoy did push the go button though the explosion was far more of a sparkler than a stick of dynamite.
He did go forward a little bit but McEvoy was taking not chances and he had to be relatively hard ridden across the final furlong.
None of the horses around him were going to be able to peg him back but from the tail of the field the impressive filly Hallowell Belle did show a sight late.
She certainly took a fair chunk of ground off Sepoy in the final 200m and she managed to get within a length on the line.
Plenty will argue he had more to give but while the win was decisive, it wasn’t quite the annihilation we’d been expected.
In the end it was a length from Sepoy back to Hallowell Belle in second and another half length to the outsider Unique Quality.
Masthead crossed in fourth from the slightly disappointing Mosheen and Absalon.
Rounding out the race was Grand Brittania and $200 chance Mister Milton.
Wherever Sepoy goes from here he’ll certainly be well backed again but perhaps not in the same manner that saw him at $1.10 on the totes.
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