Autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper winner Sepoy has posted an impressive return to racing after winning the Listed Vain Stakes by two and a half lengths at Caulfield on Saturday.
The three-year-old colt led all the way to win the $100,000 race ahead of Golden Archer and Grand Britannia.
Trainer Peter Snowden watched on as Sepoy claimed his sixth win from just seven starts.
“He is just a super horse,” Snowden said.
“When you look at that race he was never under pressure anywhere.
“As soon as he put a length on them he just pricked his ears and idled down.
“He is an exciting horse, just a real sprinter and he does it with ease.
“He has run 45 (seconds) for his last half-mile (800m) and won on his ear. That is impressive work.”
Snowden is looking to run Sepoy next in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington on September 3.
“It is three weeks to the Danehill and I would think he would better again,” Snowden said.
“I was very confident. It was just everyone else around me was trying to put the cold water on him.
“He won today just how I wanted to see him win.
“He thrives in the stable environment and just for a change we brought him to Melbourne the last three weeks just to top him off.
“It was the first time I have seen him get a bit jog-jogging behind the gate but that was just freshness, just newness.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy felt that Sepoy could have found another gear in the race had he been challenged by any of the runners.
“He put it to bed within 50 yards once we straightened up,” McEvoy said.
“It is fair to say if something challenges there is more in the locker.”
The Elusive Quality gelding has only been defeated once when finishing second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes during wet conditions and has already won close to $3 million in prize money.